Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

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The “Autódromo Internacional do Algarve” is located in the hilly outskirts of Portimão, a popular tourist destination on the picturesque Algarve coast in the south-west of Portugal. The circuit was completed in October 2008 and officially baptised just weeks later with the season finale of the Superbike World Championship. The racetrack is part of the ultra-modern “Algarve Motor Park”, which also includes a kart track, a technology park, a race school and a five-star hotel. Portimão has rapidly made a name for itself and, as well as the Superbike World Championship, hosts races in many other championships on two and four wheels. The challenging layout and generally good weather conditions also makes
Portimão a popular track for testing.

The circuit in the Algarve hills is a combination of undulating sections, many changes of direction, long corners, and a winding infield. The big challenge is finding the right set-up for all these aspects. The circuit also features a number of crests, on which it is not rare for the front wheel of the powerful superbikes to lift off the ground. The set-up is vital. In order to be quick in Portimão you need a bike with a good steering response and which can hold the ideal racing line as it accelerates out of corners. The final turn is crucial: the rider must exit the corner with enough momentum to carry maximum speed down the long start/finish straight.

Circuit info:

  • Length: 4,658m
  • Width: 14m
  • Corners: 16
  • Start/finish straight: 835m
  • Direction: clockwise
  • Superbike World Championship debut: 2008
  • Most successful riders: Troy Bayliss (2 wins), Ben Spies, Michel Fabrizio, Cal Crutchlow, Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri (1 win each)

Contact:

Algarve Motor Park
Sítio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande
8500- 130 Portimão
Algarve - Portugal
Telephone: +351 282 405 600