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Motorcycles Oliveira wins home race in Portugal to close MotoGP season

19:30  22 november  2020
19:30  22 november  2020 Source:   ap.org

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PORTIMÃO, Portugal (AP) — Miguel Oliveira won at home in MotoGP’s season-ending Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday.

MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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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MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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.

MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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.

MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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.

MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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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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.

MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal steers his motorcycle during the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira of Portugal steers his motorcycle during the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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.

MotoGP rider Joan Mir of Spain steers his motorcycle during the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © Provided by Associated Press MotoGP rider Joan Mir of Spain steers his motorcycle during the MotoGP race of the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last race of the season, at the Algarve International circuit near Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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