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Motorcycles Oliveira plays down hopes over home MotoGP win chances

00:05  22 november  2020
00:05  22 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Oliveira snatched a maiden win for himself and the popular Tech 3 outfit at the last corner of a thrilling Styrian Grand Prix last Sunday, capitalising Poncharal says he felt Oliveira was "underrated" by those outside of Tech 3 and the "perception" of the Portuguese rider has been one of doubt over his

Tech3 MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira says he “saw” his maiden premier class victory at the Styrian Grand Prix coming “quite a few races ago”. Oliveira ’s victory marked the first for Tech 3 in MotoGP , which has fielded the likes of Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Johann Zarco and Espargaro over the

Tech3 KTM’s Miguel Oliveira says he can’t be too optimistic about converting his Portuguese Grand Prix pole position into a famous home MotoGP win on Sunday.

Miguel Oliveira holding a sign: Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Tech 3 © MotoGP Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Tech 3

Oliveira stormed to a maiden MotoGP pole on Saturday at the Algarve International Circuit, beating Franco Morbidelli by 0.044 seconds.

The Tech3 rider admits he will have “very strong opponents” to contend with at the start of the race, and on top of that tyre wear remains a major unknown for the field, leading Oliveira to exercise caution in his predictions for Sunday’s race.

“I think it’s very hard to say because we never had the race here and to get away you need many things to go in your favour,” he said when asked if he thinks he can dominate from pole. “For sure it’s a nice way to win, more relaxed. As I said before, in the beginning I feel we have very strong opponents.

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All hope looked lost as Danny Kent left the British GP with a 110 point lead over the KTM rider, but an incredible comeback saw Oliveira take four wins and Eventually taking the runner up spot in the title fight, it was nevertheless an impressive season and the Portuguese rider then made his MotoGP ™

Tech3 MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira says he "saw" his maiden premier class victory at the Styrian Grand Prix coming "quite a few races ago". The Portuguese rider became MotoGP 's latest winner in the 900th premier class race after stealing victory from Pol Espargaro and Jack Miller when both ran

“After 15 laps I don’t know what’s going to happen with the tyres. We need to be optimistic and confident, but not too much.”

When asked if racing at home even without fans in attendance due to COVID-19 added pressure, Oliveira said: “No, I don’t see it as an extra pressure. For me, it’s a privilege to be able to race here, that’s it. I want to do good, I want to have fun.

“The fact that we race here in Portugal makes its special for me. I just have to enjoy it, that’s the way I see it.”

The Styrian Grand Prix winner’s race pace in Saturday’s FP4 session was not outstanding, but his FP2 race runs showed promise and he feels he can be consistent on Sunday.

“Yes, I feel strong for sure and my pace is looking very promising for tomorrow,” he added. “It’s true that we have four tyre compounds to test at the same time as we needed to sort out the set-up of the bike.

“So, it’s not easy. And I think all of us are going to the race not knowing what is going to happen after 15 laps. But I’m relaxed. On top of the bike I feel very good, so I think I can be constant throughout the race.”

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