Portimao has only recently entered the world championship calendar, but has quickly become one of the most popular events, both for fans and riders. Its 4.6 km layout is often compared to a rollercoaster ride with its continuous ups and downs.
Michelin knows the Portuguese track well and will come well-prepared to the Algarve GP, as temperatures shouldn't be very different from those found in April. It will provide the MotoGP riders with the three classic tyre options (soft, medium and hard) but with some differences in construction. In fact, while the rears are all asymmetric (the right side is harder due to the 9 corners that turn in that direction against the 6 on the left), for the soft and hard front they will be symmetric while the medium will be asymmetric.
There is a risk of rain and for rain tyres there are soft and medium compounds for both the front and rear.
Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager, had this to say: “After the emotional rollercoaster of Misano, with its incredible highs and lows, we are now back at the physical rollercoaster of Portimao with its elevation changes. The allocation for this race is slightly different to the previous race back in April. We took onboard the feedback from the riders regarding the Hard compound asymmetric front option and have replaced that tyre with a symmetric version to give them improved feedback and confidence when turning into corners”.