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Autodromo Internacional do Algarve

Length: 4.69 km // 2.91 mi
Location: Portugal // 37.221944,-8.629444
Website: www.autodromodoalgarve.com

Portimão was inaugurated in 2008 with the season finale of the Superbike World Championship. Some riders regard Portimão as one of the nicest tracks in the world. Uphill and downhill sections, changes in direction and gradient, crests, some complex sections, a lot of long, quick corners and a winding infield make the circuit a real challenge for riders and teams alike. The riders must show plenty of courage to react aggressively, while riding ability and fitness are crucial. The teams must find the right compromise in the set-up of the bike. Good steering response is essential when accelerating out of the corners. In addition, the front wheels of the powerful superbikes can easily lose contact with the ground as they race over the crests. One key point is the final turn: here, it is important to take enough speed out of the corner and onto the start-finish straight, which is almost one kilometre in length.

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