The MotoGP has left Qatar and begins its European tour from the track where it ended last year: Portimao. The 4.6 kilometers of Portuguese circuit are characterized by nine corners to the right, six to the left, a straight almost a kilometer long, and continuous ups and downs that make it look like a roller coaster.
For the Portuguese Grand Prix, Michelin has selected three tire compounds, as usual: the classic soft, medium, and hard. If all the rear tires are asymmetrical (with a harder right side), only the harder compound on the front will boast this construction, while the other two will be symmetrical.
Rain tires will be available in soft and medium compounds if it rains.
“After our record start in difficult weather and track conditions in Qatar, we can’t wait to return to Europe,” Michelin manager Piero Taramasso explained. “Since this is the second visit to Portimao for the MotoGP, now we have detailed information on the circuit that helped us select the optimal tires for this weekend, while last year’s race was much more of an unknown. We’re hoping for another exciting race, to maintain the momentum of the opening two rounds, and I’m sure the fans will be glued to their screens to cheer on their favorite riders during this difficult time for everyone.”