Portugal – Here We Come

Courtesy of Youthstream

Next weekend we will see the Grand Prix of Portugal once again return to the MXGP calendar, and as was the case in 2017, it should be a cracking event. One of the MXGP and MX2 riders’ favourite circuits on the calendar.

Despite some rain expected this week at Agueda, we have been informed that the sky is blue at the moment, and sunshine is expected for Saturday. Greg Atkins who is working on the track mentioned that the facility has a very good drainage system and that the track is in perfect condition.

“I am at the track now,” Atkins said. “It is in perfect condition and the trucks are already arriving. Monster are erecting their structures and its all systems go for the weekend.”

Pauls Jonass, the red plate owner in the MX2 class is looking forward to recovering from his less than impressive performance last weekend in the Grand Prix of Trentino, where the Red Bull KTM Factory rider finish off the podium, after scoring 1-1-1-1-1-1 in the first three Grand Prix’s of 2018. Even if it is a muddy race, Jonass is ready.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Jonass said. “It is a really nice track and It’s also a nice place, I like the ground over there. I preferred the old layout, but still it is a nice one and one of my favourites I would say. I used to ride in the mud a lot when I was living in Latvia, so I enjoy riding in the mud. I don’t really enjoy it in a race though, because then again, the start is the key.”


MXGP red plate owner, Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team is also excited to get to the red dirt of Agueda, so show off his red plate, and continue his rich vein of form.

“If is a fun track,” Herlings said. “A bit sandy on top so you get some good lines there. It isn’t just Tony and me racing, there are 40 other guys who are fast. I won’t underestimate Tony and the other MXGP guys, because the level is a lot higher than the MX2 class from back in the day. I do feel like when I take good starts I can fight anyone, but it isn’t given that I don’t get passed, because Tony, Gajser, Febvre, any one of those guys on their day are super-fast. They can beat me straight up on their day.”

American racer Thomas Covington of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna outfit, has shown good speed at the Agueda circuit and is looking forward to getting another shot at the MX2 competition. His second race victory at Trentino was the perfect preparation for Portugal.

“You know,” Covington said. “I feel like Agueda is similar to Trentino, a bit slippery, hard pack. I did well there last year, so I am looking forward to getting there. Good weather again and it should be fun.”

So, in just a few days’ time, the best motocross riders in the world will arrive at the Agueda circuit and prepare to once again put their bodies on the line in search of victory.

Geoff Meyer


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