This weekend will see the resumption of the 2021 MotoGP season, as action gets underway at Algarve International Circuit for the PortugueseGP. PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team riders Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi will be hoping to make progress and score valuable points at the first European round of the year.
Morbidelli showed good form at the inaugural MotoGP round at Portimão last year, starting on the front row of the grid after qualifying second and ending the race on the podium – having crossed the line third. Although the 2021 edition will be held several months earlier in the year than it was last time, the Italian will be aiming to improve on the first two races of the season and come away with a positive result at Portugal.
Team-mate Rossi will be hoping that the start of the European leg of the 2021 MotoGP championship will signal a return to the front of the grid, and allow him to put the troubles experienced in Qatar behind him. Although Valentino didn’t have the best of results at Portimão last year, he was able to recover places during the race and score valuable points (12th) – something he will be looking to improve this weekend.
Track action at the Grande Prémio de Portugal will begin for the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT pair with Free Practice 1 on Friday at 9.55am local time (4.55pm MYT), and end with Sunday’s 25-lap race at 1pm local time (8pm MYT).