Operators of the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal have registered an interest in bringing a MotoGP event from 2019 onwards as a replacement for the Finland’s Kimi-Ring. This was a result of recent speculation that the GP track had hit financial issue, however Dorna have reportedly rejected the proposal. - Speed Week

Marc Marquez has claimed that next season ‘will be difficult’ after the rise in a number of MotoGP stars. The World Champion said: “I learned that you can not underestimate anyone because everyone can surprise you like Andrea Dovizioso or Johann Zarco have done it." - AS

After missing out on the tests in both Valencia and Jerez, Tom Luthi has revealed the extent of his injury as well as the expected date of his return on January 28th. The Swiss rider said: “Two screws were used. As a result, the break was stable to movement, but not stable under load. The surgery was really only needed so that I can quickly start again with the physiotherapy and the ankle is not too stiff." - Speed Week

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Algarve International Circuit's layout isn't bad, better than Estoril from a motorcycling standpoint.  The more the bikes can be on their sides the better. 

I know one rider who won't be excited about this track, MM.  It's a clockwise layout, opposite to counter-clockwise dirt flat tracks.

I am in favour of a more frequent rotation of MotoGP tracks.

That would be amazing yes please doubt it would happen though as they are in a right mess at that track. So maybe they would be giving them a very good discount to attend if that is what they do. I live in the Algarve and always wanted to see a MotoGP race please come for this reason alone!

Dorna wants Finland because there are 4 races in Spain and 2 in Italy. How about 3 in Spain and 1 in Portugal?

Whilst there's a certain element of truth in that, the fact the moorcycle racing is so massively supported and followed in Spain and Italy is the reason to stay there.

If you ran a race in portugal or southern France, then that'd satisfy both as the fans would travel in their droves. It's not entirely due to dorna, either, as the junior classes have always had a much bigger following in those countries, and that's been the case for 30+ years. Most other places like the premier class bikes, but don't really buy into the support classes

Portimao had 40k people on the Superbikes.
Its very good.

I would replace Aragon (blend track) with Portimao.

Sorry but have to disagree.

Get rid of a Spanish track if necessary (I'd vote for Valencia) but not Aragon, always enjoy the races there.

Having said that, if we can't go to Finland yet, Portimao is a replacement I'd like to see.

Would love to see Portugal on the Moto GP calendar, a lovely country I have visited often and would definetly go to again to attend a Moto GP weekend. Also dont think there would be any shortage of enthusiasm within the country considering their rising star the hugely talented Miguel Olivera, his past performance in Moto 3 and his current in Moto 2 is fantastic (for me he is one of the main contenders for the 2018 season)  he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future when he moves to the Moto GP class which I feel is inevitable, he's a huge talent.

Estoril please.