The president of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), the Portuguese Jorge Viegas, says he has "hope" that there may be an audience at the 2021 MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal, announced today for the 18th of April.
“At this moment, we still don't know if there may be an audience, but the truth is that I have the hope that the situation in our country will improve in such a way that we can give this joy to the Portuguese, to see Miguel Oliveira and all the other fantastic people. live pilots ”, Jorge Viegas assumed the agency Lusa.
The top manager of world motorcycling already in December had predicted that "difficultly" it would be possible to carry out the events planned on the American continent, so Portugal was at the forefront to return to the championship, with the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), in Portimão, as a reserve circuit.
“I am very happy that my forecast for last year will come true, as the Portimão circuit was a general pleasure for everyone, MotoGP riders and teams”, stressed the Algarvian Jorge Viegas.
In 2020, the AIA hosted the last round of the championship, on November 21, won by the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, after several cancellations of other events caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
This year, the Algarve circuit appeared on the calendar as a reserve, having been called to replace the rounds planned for Argentina (April 11) and the United States (April 18), which were postponed due to the increase in cases caused by the new coronavirus.
"Portugal will continue on the route of major events, in a return to normalcy that we all wish to be as soon as possible"concluded Jorge Viegas.
Portugal will host the third stage of the MotoGP World Championship, which starts on March 28, in Losail, Qatar, the same circuit that will host the second stage, the Doha GP, on April 4.
This will be the 15th edition of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal, after 12 editions, between 2002 and 2012, were held at the Estoril race track and the 1987 one at the Jarama circuit in Spain.