"The various accesses to the racecourse will be restricted to traffic, with access not being allowed for people without a valid ticket and vehicles that do not have a parking badge, which must be purchased in advance", announced the head of the Division of Communication and Public Relations of the GNR.
At a press conference to present the main security measures, held at the hotel next to the Autódromo do Algarve (AIA), Lt. Col. João Fonseca said that policing “will be reinforced on Sunday, with around 243 officers on the main race day and in which an increase in the flow of people is foreseeable”.
Traffic will be restricted on the main road connecting the racecourse from the A22, at the Mexilhoeira Grande junction, on the roads between the towns of Odeáxere, Arão, Pereira and Folga, and between Rasmalho, Casas Velhas, Moinho da Rocha and Montes de Cima.
The GNR predicts that the major traffic restrictions will occur every day between 7:00am and 10:00am, on Friday and Saturday, between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, between 3:00 pm and 18:00.
The GNR advises that residents of Pereira, Monte de Cima and other areas close to the racecourse, as well as citizens in need of passage in these locations “use alternative routes”.
João Fonseca recalled that, as the MotoGP is a major event, there are foreseeable constraints on the normal circulation of traffic, due to the high flow of people and vehicles, “people must have timely access to the circuit”.
The official indicated that there will be no free parking for vehicles in the vicinity of the racecourse, and parking must be purchased in advance through the racecourse's official website.
“No parking spaces will be sold on the circuit, people should not travel to the circuit, and cars will not be allowed to enter without a paid parking badge affixed to the vehicle,” he warned.
For those who do not have paid parking next to the circuit, free car parks will be made available in the cities of Portimão and Lagos, “there is free transport to the racecourse, upon presentation of the ticket for the event”.
According to João Fonseca, the GNR will also inspect the entrances to the interior of the enclosure, access to which will only be possible for people with "covid-19 certificates and a valid identification document to confirm the certificate holder, with the use of protection mask".
“We appeal to everyone's collaboration to comply with the safety rules that are defined, so that everyone can enjoy a day that is intended to be a party”, he said.
According to the organization, around 50,000 people are expected in each of the three days of the Portuguese MotoGP Grand Prix, the 17th and penultimate race of the season, to be held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve between Friday and Sunday .