Star rider Miguel Oliveira praises Algarve racetrack

Oliveira has described the racetrack as “one of the best in Europe, if not in the world”

Portugal’s star rider Miguel Oliveira has directed high praise at the Algarve International Racetrack (AIA) in Portimão, which has yet to officially hear that it will host a MotoGP Grand Prix next year.

Issues affecting the future of the event range from the gravel at the racetrack, which has been considered dangerous, to concerns over the government’s financial backing of the Grand Prix.

Speaking to Lusa news agency ahead of the second half of the MotoGP season, Oliveira made sure to support the AIA which he described as “one of the best in Europe, if not in the world.” 

“The only thing I know is that the Portimão circuit is approved by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM). We have been racing there since the 2020 season, and I believe we have had a successful Grand Prix in the World Championship among all circuits, and the gravel was already there when it was homologated,” he said.

While he admitted that he enjoys “racing at home,” Miguel Oliveira guaranteed that AIA provides one of the most exciting races in the World Championship for all riders.

“Now, with this new format, by having the inaugural race, it gave another spirit and another boost in Portugal, a place that knows how to welcome people so well and where we have circuit facilities that are incomparable compared to other circuits. It is one of the best circuits in Europe, if not in the world,” he said.

By Michael Bruxo

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