There is still one last chance for Valentino Rossi to finish off the season with a flourish which, apart from a podium in the second race at Jerez, did not give him much satisfaction. Between crashes, breakages and Covid, the Doctor didn't have much to smile about.
Portimao is a new track for everyone and this means that hopes are high, albeit until the MotoGP bikes get down to the on-track action. The only certain thing is that this race will for Valentino be his last one in the factory team, then he will take his gear and move across to Petronas, where next year he will have Morbidelli as a teammate.
First, however, he has to think about the last Grand Prix.
“Going to Portimão is really great, that track is fantastic – said Rossi – The grip there is better than in Valencia, so that will help us. I felt really good during the test at the Algarve track earlier this year. It‘s different from all the other tracks that we visited throughout the season, and it‘s new for everybody, so that makes it very interesting. We will see.”
Maverick Vinales also wants to make up for everything after a series of races that have been well below expectations. Portugal, for him too, is an opportunity to start the winter in a good mood.
“I‘m really looking forward to riding my M1 at the Portimão track – declared the Spaniard – We rode there once before on an R1. Already then the feeling was very good, so on the M1 it will be even better and even faster. Nobody has ridden MotoGP bikes at the Algarve track before, so that makes this race quite special. We will do our best. It will be fun to gain experience at a, for us, new circuit. “