THE FINAL RACE ON A NEW TRACK
The last race of the 2008 Superbike World Championship will take place this weekend on the "Autodromo Internacional do Algarve" near Portimão in Portugal. This will be the occasion for Shinichi Nakatomi (19th with 48 points) to fight against Regis Laconi who is only 1 point ahead of him, and Makoto Tamada who is 7 points behind.
This will be the last occasion for the 2008 model of the Yamaha R1 to race officially in the Superbike World Championship, as the new 2009 model is now ready for next season. It will also be the last Superbike race for Troy Bayliss. His Ducati Team was the only one to carry out a two-day test session at the new Portuguese track last Thursday 23 and Friday 24.
Martial Garcia (team manager): "All the Team will do all he can to provide Nakatomi with the best possible motorcycle for his last international race and offer him the best conditions."
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
The new track is 4.658 km long, 14 m wide and has 15 curves (6 on the left and 9 on the right). He is located near the city of Portimão, in Sitio do Escampadinho in the parish of Mexilhoeira Grande. The city of Portimão is a 10-minute drive from the Algarve Motor Park. The IEFP (employment and professional training institute) recruited around 3.000 people to help build the International Autodromo. The move came as part of an agreement between the IEFP and Parkalgar, the project's promoter. This project has been recognised as a PIN scheme (project in the public interest) and involves the construction of the Autodromo, a kartodrome, 160 tourist apartments, access to the nearby motorway (A22), a technological park for businesses connected to the automobile world, a sports complex, and a 5-star hotel with 200 rooms. The whole project, involving 200 to 250 million euros of investment, is being privately funded.