“The Dorna [entidade organizadora do MotoGP] he really wants us to stay, hence putting us on the provisional calendar for next year, which demonstrates a vote of confidence,” he told Lusa Paulo Pinheiro, in Portimão.
According to the provisional calendar for the main World Championship in speed motorcycling for 2022, the AIA will host, on 24 April, the fifth of 21 events scheduled for next year’s MotoGP World Championship.
The person in charge of the Algarve circuit said that “only small details are needed, namely in terms of guaranteeing financial support”.
“These are values that are far below what is normal for these international events, conditions that are very special for this period in which we are living”, he pointed out.
Paulo Pinheiro believes that “it will not be difficult to secure the necessary support for the competition, given the ratio between investment and what is received in the economy of the region and the country”.
For the administrator of the Algarve race track, the assessment made by the teams, drivers and organizers on the Portimão circuit, “is a factor that weighs on the decision to include the Algarve race track in next year’s calendar.”
“For riders, teams and organizers, it is a pleasure to be here, which makes us very proud and confident that we can continue in the future,” he stressed.
In Paulo Pinheiro’s opinion, “it is difficult to have a site that gathers so much consensus, as is the case in Portimão, whether in terms of the track, or in terms of organization, logistics, hotels and restaurants”.
According to the calendar for 2022, the Worlds starts on March 6, in Qatar, and ends on November 6, in Valencia.
The 2022 race will be the fourth MotoGP race at the AIA, which has already hosted the 2020 Portugal Grand Prix, won by Miguel Oliveira, and 2021, won by French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), and will also host the Algarve Grand Prix , on Sunday.
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