Ricardo Almeida jumps from 5th place on the grid to win in TLC

Alexandre Cabá sets the pace and wins MOTO4. Lourenço Vicente is the strongest in MOTO5

Macuá dominates Copa Dunlop Motoval with pole, victory overall and in CDM2. Aguiar wins among CDM1

Ricardo Marinho unopposed in SBK and Gonçalo Ribeiro loses in STK

Dinis Borges climbs to the top of the podium in the SSP300 after total dominance.



Ricardo Almeida jumps from 5th place on the grid to win the Race.

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Adverse conditions with a lot of rain in Estoril set the stage for the first of two days of competition upon the return of the CNV. Among the men in the TLC and Naked Bikes Trophies, the highlight was Frédèric Bottoglierri’s (TNB2) pole position, imposing his Triumph SDT765RS on the field, completing the fastest lap in 2:09.113s and also being the strongest among the TNB2. At his side Raul Felgueiras placed his Yamaha R6 in 2nd place overall, being first among the LC SPORT. João Curva also lined up on the front row of the grid with his BMW S1000R being the strongest among the TNB1.

Traffic light opened and the surprise came with Ricardo Almeida jumping into the lead from the first braking into turn 1 at Estoril having left 5th place on the grid. Following him are Paulo Vicente and Luís Coelho. The man on pole found himself relegated to the middle of the field, having almost always run in 13th position as a result of a failed start. With differences of around two seconds between 1st and 2nd, Almeida always rode calmly and with little opposition from the remaining contenders until the checkered line to score his first victory of the weekend and was the strongest among TNB1. Paulo Vicente and Luís Franco were the men to climb to the middle and bottom of the podium respectively with equal positions in TNB1.

A note for Frédèric Bottoglieri who, starting from Pole, found himself in 22nd position overall at the end of the 1st lap. The Tirumph man would then begin a race from the back to the front, gradually climbing the field over the 10 laps of Estoril until he settled in 13th place overall where he finished, having been 4th in the TNB2.

Daniel Coelho would be 4th overall and the best among TNB2. In the Open class, Carlos Pinheiro was the winner with 8th place overall with Raul Felgueiras in his wheel and the best among LC SPORT. Manuel Fonseca, the only driver in the LC SS class, was 19th and the lone André Capitão (SBK) would not finish the race.


Alexandre Cabá sets the pace and wins MOTO4

Lourenço Vicente is the strongest in MOTO5

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Alexandre Cabá, with the same dominant pace as he had been throughout the season, returned to Estoril to once again set the best time (2:27.847s) and be the strongest in MOTO4, a class in which he is only opposed by Tiago Martins, who took the 3rd time overall. Among the MOTO5 and starting 2nd time overall, Lourenço Vicente.

Saturday would not be a good one for young Tiago Martins, who suffered a fall in turn 2 of the reconnaissance lap and found himself out of the race even before it started. Start without rain, but with a wet track for 10 laps to Estoril, with Cabá taking over the expenses of the race from the first meter, but with Lourenço Vicente on his wheel and who was leading among the MOTO5 men with João Freire and Tomás Carneiro arguing 3rd position overall.

With no changes until the end, Cabá wins the first race of the weekend, also being the best among MOTO4. Lourenço Vicente is 2nd overall, more than 3s behind Cabá and the winner among MOTO5, followed by Tomás Carneiro (MOTO5). Guilherme Moreira would be 4th overall and closes the TOP3 of MOTO5.



Macuá dominates with pole, victory overall and in CDM2

Aguiar wins among CDM1

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Dunlop Motoval Cup being the fourth race of the afternoon and with excitement on the track. Ruben Macuá set the fastest lap with 2:07.69s, securing yet another Pole for his achievements. Alongside him, Rafael Ribeiro and Alexandre Suati shared the front row of the grid. Without much difficulty, Macuá took his GSXR to victory, leading from start to finish, leaving the fights to his pursuers.

Nelson Cruz, Bernardo Aguiar and Ricardo Rodrigues would be the center of attention in the fight for the middle and lowest position on the podium with an advantage for Cruz who would be 2nd overall, more than 10s behind Macuá. More competitive was the fight for 3rd overall with the Team Motoclube Loulé man, Bernardo Aguiar, managing to hold the position against Rodrigues who finished in 4th position and on Aguiar’s wheel.

By classes in CDM1, Bernardo Aguiar wins with Ricardo Rodrigues and Manuel Junqueiro (6th overall) closing TOP3. Macuá wins in CDM2 with Nelson Cruz and Carlos Oliveira (7th overall), being 2nd and 3rd respectively.



Ricardo Marinho unopposed from SBK

Gonçalo Ribeiro loses in STK

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With the sun already reflecting the tones of Autumn on the Estoril track, the Superbikes and Superstock lined up on the grid for another race of the sporting weekend. Ricardo Marinho secured Pole with 2:08.378s on his Honda CBR 1000, also being the best among SBK. Romeu Leite (SBK) would be second overall. With the 3rd time the first STK bike, the Yamaha R6 of Gonçalo Ribeiro. Miguel Romão and João Rego (both SBK), would not take part.

Clean start with Ricardo Marinho taking over the expenses of the race. With clean driving on an already dry track, the RL Performance 58 driver increased distances to Romeu Leite and with 3 laps to go, Marinho had already opened a gap of more than 12s to his rival. The battle for 3rd place overall between two STK men, Gonçalo Ribeiro and Tomás Silva, was much livelier.

In chess, Marinho wins overall and is the best among SBK. Leite is in the middle of the podium and is also 2nd in SBK. Tomás Silva would also go up to the podium as 3rd overall and the best in STK. José Gafenho, 5th overall, closed the TOP3 of SBK. Gonçalo Ribeiro, on the other hand, closed the TOP# of STK, being 4th overall.



Borges climbs to the top of the podium after total dominance.

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Last race of the day in the always lively SSP300. Rame Moto Racing driver Dinis Borges would be the main figure of the day. After winning Pole with 1:59.501s leaving his rivals more than 2s behind in the timed races, Borges would lead from start to finish unopposed. A calm race for the young driver who crossed the finish line with more than 25s of advantage over Martim Jesus.

The man from Team Motoclube Loulé, had already secured the 2nd time in the timed races and given Borges’ dominance, he aimed his Kawasaky 400 towards the middle of the podium. But it was not an easy task as Jesus, to secure 2nd position overall, had to deal with strong opposition from Vasco Camoesas who would effectively finish in 3rd position at just 0.128s. Tough fight for the podium steps as usual in this category.

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