The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal will host the ninth round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship, the last to be raced in Europe, next weekend.
It is a track that is as interesting as it is challenging for riders, motorcycles, and tires, with some “old-school” portions and a layout that includes constant “ups and downs” and several blind corners that require fast braking to subject the tires to significant lateral and longitudinal loads.
The track resurfaced in 2020 when it held the first Formula One race, but the grip is pretty restricted.
All of the title contenders have had ups and downs in 2022, and the undulations of Portimao figure to continue that trend this weekend. The final European round of the year, always a calendar classic and offering magnificent racing, will see a vast fight royale at the front.
After his incredible hat-trick in Barcelona, Alvaro Bautista (Aruba. it Racing – Ducati) lands in Portimao after one of the season’s most critical races. He has a 59-point lead over his nearest challenger after the Catalunya Round, which will be essential at Portimao, a circuit where he is less likely to dominate.
Superbike World Championship – Round 9 – Portimao, Portugal – TV Coverage:
Friday, 7th October (all times Local Time, GMT+1)
09:00-09:30 – Yamaha R3 bLU cRU SuperFinale Free Practice
09:45-10:15 – WorldSSP300 Free Practice 1
10:30-11:15 – WorldSBK Free Practice 1
11:25-12:10 – WorldSSP Free Practice 1
13:30-14:00 – Yamaha R3 bLU cRU SuperFinale Superpole
14:15-14:45 – WorldSSP300 Free Practice 2
15:00-15:45 – WorldSBK Free Practice 2
16:00-16:45 – WorldSSP Free Practice 2
Saturday, 8th October
09:00-09:30 – WorldSBK Free Practice 3
09:45-10:05 – WorldSSP300 Tissot Superpole
10:25-10:45 – WorldSSP Tissot Superpole
11:10-11:25 – WorldSBK Tissot Superpole
11:45 – Yamaha R3 bLU cRU SuperFinale Race 1 (11 laps)
12:40 – WorldSSP300 Race 1 (dry race of 13 laps, wet race of 11 laps)
14.00 – WorldSBK Race 1 (20 laps)
15:15 – WorldSSP Race 1 (17 laps)
16:15 – Yamaha R3 bLU cRU SuperFinale Race 2 (11 laps)
Sunday, 9th October
09:00-09:15 – WorldSBK Warm Up
09:25-09:40 – WorldSSP Warm Up
09:50-10:05 – WorldSSP300 Warm Up
11:00 – WorldSBK Tissot Superpole Race (10 laps)
12:30 – WorldSSP Race 2 (17 laps)
14:00 – WorldSBK Race 2 (20 laps)
15:15 – WorldSSP300 Race 2 (dry race of 13 laps, wet race of 11 laps)
All times are BST
This year, where can I watch Superbike World Championship races live?
In addition to the subscription and free-to-view TV programs listed below, the WSBK video pass allows you to watch every test, timed practice, qualifying, and race session. Keep an eye out for cheap discounts, especially those with Amazon Prime.
- Broadcast Live: PrimeLive
Which TV stations will Superbike World Championship be broadcasting on this year?
TV coverage may vary depending on the race, but live coverage will be aired on Eurosport, which has now secured TV rights until 2025. Highlight coverage has yet to be decided upon. However, ITV will likely connect and show it on the ITV4 channel during the 2021 season.
We’ll constantly update this page with the TV schedules for each round, so check back frequently to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
ITV4 is available on Freeview channels 25 and 60 (+1), Virgin Media channels 118 (SD), 175 (+1), and 178 (HD), Virgin Media Ireland channel 132, Freesat channels 117 and 118 (+1), and Sky channels 120 (HD), 220 (+1), and 818 (SD). It is also available on the ITV Hub (the UK only).
Superbike World Championship Preview:
The last time they were in Catalunya, Bautista left them for dead.
Michael, Rinaldi’s teammate Ruben Rinaldi is peaking at the right time, taking points away from Bautista’s opponents with another podium in Barcelona.
This has to be the round in which Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) leads the charge to close the points gap with Bautista. We’ve seen plenty of large point swings throughout 2022, but 59 points is a tall order with four rounds remaining.
“I like this Portimao track, but we all know Johnny is a force here.” We had an encouraging test at the start of this year with a perfect lap time, something like 1’39.6… Everyone is faster this year, so we’ll see if we can keep up! I’m hoping for a fantastic battle, but more importantly, I’m hoping to win again; it was difficult in Barcelona, so I’m looking for the same sensation as Donington or Magny-Cours. We will continue to focus race by race.”
Andrea Locatelli, Toprak’s teammate, is a double WorldSSP champion in Portimao and took a podium in Race 2 of WorldSBK last year. He must regain critical points in the title race this weekend to finish fourth overall.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) maintains a special place in his heart for Portimao, where he made his WorldSBK debut in 2008. The Ulsterman is the most successful rider on the grid at the undulating Portuguese track, and he’ll be eager to expand on those results this weekend. Rea’s winless streak dates back to World Superbike’s last visit to Portugal, at round three in Estoril. While battling each other, he and Razgatlioglu may have to ‘work together to reduce the deficit to Bautista.