Located just outside Lisbon on the Atlantic coast, Estoril is one of the MotoGP’s trickiest circuits. A combination of long bumpy straights, constant radius corners with heavy breaking zones and since 1994 a difficult chicane complete the layout.
The main course was built in 1972 and at first used for European F2 tournaments and after a major redevelopment for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. MotoGP moved into Estoril in 2000.
Although generally warm, but due to its close proximity to the ocean, the weather can be quite unpredictable, raising the level of pressure on the teams and excitement with the spectators.