In 2023 there were 7,320 road accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles, resulting in 127 deaths, 688 serious injuries and 5,632 minor injuries.

In a statement, the GNR indicates that the operation, which starts on Friday and ends on Sunday, aims to guarantee the safety of the event, which takes place during the same dates, and prevent road accidents, with a special focus on the districts of Aveiro, Beja, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Évora, Leiria, Lisbon Porto, Santarém Setúbal and Faro.

The GNR warns that following the Moto GP Portugal event, which takes place at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão, a significant increase in the volume of motorcycle traffic is expected on the main access roads to the Algarve.

“The GNR carries out security operations and reinforces intensive road patrolling at the Moto GP event with the aim of maintaining public order and tranquillity, ensuring the fluidity of traffic at the access points and guaranteeing the safety of the event”, the note states.

Awareness-raising initiatives will be developed in some service areas from north to south of the country and in the vicinity of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

The MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix, which will be held between Friday and Sunday, will be the second of 21 World Championship races.