The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are back in Europe and ready for the next round at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal.

After two difficult races overseas, Fabio Quartararo (who celebrates his 23rd birthday today) is eagerly looking forward to the next round in Portimão, a track that he believes suits his Yamaha better, as shown when he dominated during Round 3 last year.

El Diablo intends to continue fighting for the championship. He is currently in fifth place in the overall standings, with a 17-point deficit to first. He aims to hit the ground running at the Portuguese GP on Friday, secure a front row on Saturday, and be battling for the podium on Sunday.

Franco Morbidelli is keen to return to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. The Italian is currently 15th in the overall results and determined to climb the rankings at a track he does well at in general.

Morbido has taken a liking to the the Algarve circuit since it was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2020. He secured third place there that year and followed it up with fourth place at the Portuguese GP in April the next year. As he wasn’t fully fit for the Algarve GP, also held at Portimão towards the end of the 2021 season, he is keen to show his true potential there again this time round.

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve – better known as Portimão (after the port city from which it is half an hour’s ride removed – is situated in the Algarve region of Portugal. The circuit was opened in 2008 and is a big hit with the riders but also especially with the fans, who can't get enough of their heroes taking on this track that is famous for its elevation changes. The circuit has 15 corners – nine right, six left – and the front straight will allow the MotoGP riders to really stretch the legs of their machines before a unique downhill descent into Turn 1.

The Grande Prémio de Portugal is held in the GMT +1 time zone. FP1 will take place on Friday afternoon from 09:55 - 10:40 local track time, followed by FP2 from 14:10 - 14:55. On Saturday, FP3 will be held from 09:55 - 10:40, FP4 from 13:30 - 14:00, and the qualifying sessions from 14:10 - 14:50. On Sunday, Warm Up is held from 09:40 - 10:00 and the race starts at 13:00.