The penultimate round of the Portuguese Championship took place at the Carrazeda de Ansiaes, near Braganca in the far north-east of the country. Paulo Alberto took his fourth double race victory in a row beating MX1 championship leader Sandro Peixe both times, in race one by over half a minute! Despite dominating the recent rounds of the series, Alberto only sits fifth in the standings, due to missing the first three rounds for his commitments in the Brazilian championship. With one round to go Peixe now holds an unassailable 69 point lead in MX1 over Daniel Pinto, who himself holds a comfortable 25 point gap over third placed Carlos Alberto.
In the MX2 class it was another intense battle between Diogo Graca and young Luis Outeiro. Suzuki mounted Graca was made to work hard by his championship rival in race one and grabbed the victory by 0.2 seconds! A slightly more comfortable 6.7 second gap came between the two in the second race. Renato Silva, third on both occasions, finished nearly a minute behind the pair in both races. Graca now holds a 20 point gap over Outeiro going into the final round.
In the final combined Elite race, Paulo Alberto proved to be the best rider on the day by beating Peixe by over 18 seconds. Graca and Outeiro came home in third and fourth as the best 250s. Sandro Peixe holds 21 points over Diogo Graca in the Elite championship, with 25 available at the last round. Outeiro sits third, 12 points behind Graca.
The Portuguese championships conclude next weekend at Alqueidao, with the MX2 class still in contention.