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PORTIMÃO, Portugal (AP) — Miguel Oliveira won at home in MotoGP’s season-ending Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday.
Oliveira won from pole position for his second victory of the season, finishing ahead of Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli.
“It's unreal, you dream about these kinds of races and to finally be able to win, it's incredible,” Oliveira said. “It's extra special because my family didn't get to see live my first win, and they get to see it live here. An incredible day for me, very emotional.”
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Oliveira had clinched his first MotoGP career win at Austria's Styrian GP in August.
Joan Mir, who secured his first world title last weekend, did not finish the race at the Algarve International Circuit because of an apparent mechanical problem.
Morbidelli ended the championship in second place, with Álex Rins third.
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“A great way to finish this championship, with a podium,” Morbidelli said. “Miguel was untouchable today.”
Sunday's race gave Ducati its first constructors' championship since 2007.
It was the final MotoGP race for Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Tito Rabat. Valentino Rossi finished 15th in the championship in his final season with Yamaha. The Italian was 12th in the season-ending race.
Italian rider Enea Bastianini won the Moto2 title with a fifth-place finish on Sunday, while Spaniard Albert Arenas won the Moto3 championship with a 12th-place result.
The MotoGP season was shortened and had its calendar severely altered because of the coronavirus pandemic, with all races outside Europe canceled.
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Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal is "very happy" to have been able to give "underrated" Miguel Oliveira a chance to "show he's a MotoGP rider" with his Styrian Grand Prix win. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Race winner Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Tech 3 celebrates with teams members 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 when Jack Miller pushed Pol Espargaro wide at the final corner.
This year’s title race was wide open after six-time MotoGP champion Marc Márquez was sidelined because of an injury. There were nine different winners in 14 races, with five first-time winners.
Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo won the most races, with three each. The 25-year-old Oliveira, who started from pole position for the first time in his career, was the only other two-time winner.
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