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18/11/2020 News

Oliveira strengthens his position

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

 

Following another top six finish, Miguel Oliveira has consolidated his place in the overall standings of the MotoGP championship. Sam Lowes lost ground in the Moto2 race but remains in contention for the World Championship title.

MotoGP

For the second weekend running, Miguel Oliveira was left to fly the flag alone for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, which hosted the Grand Prix of Valencia a week after hosting the Grand Prix of Europe. Having missed out last week after coming into contact with COVID-19, the unfortunate Iker Lecuona missed out again following a positive test for the virus. Starting from tenth place on the grid, Oliveira got off to a flying start, moving up to fifth by the end of lap one. Subsequently embroiled in a three-way battle with Mir and Binder, the Portuguese rider crossed the finish line in sixth place. “I’m pleased with my race,” he said. “I had another good start, but I had a bit of trouble afterwards trying to maintain the pace. By the end, I’d even lost contact with the top five. But sixth is still a very good result and now I’m looking forward to heading home to Portugal for the last race of the season.”

Moto2

It would be an understatement to say that Valencia has not proved a happy hunting ground for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. Having crashed from second position during the closing stages of the Grand Prix of Europe, Sam Lowes fell again in practice before the Grand Prix of Valencia, held around the same Ricardo Tormo circuit. Nursing a sore hand throughout, the British rider dug deep to take the chequered flag in fourteenth position. “The first laps were difficult,” he explained. “I didn’t feel very agile on the bike because I was struggling with the hand. Little by little I got into the race, but it was hard to maintain a good pace. There was also a bit more wind today, which didn’t help matters. I managed to just stay in the group by gritting my teeth. In the end, I’m happy with two points.” Augusto Fernandez, himself returning to action and still hampered by a foot injury, never managed to find his rhythm. He followed his teammate across the line in fifteenth place.

Moto3

Following a difficult first weekend around the Ricard Tormo circuit, Deniz Öncü produced one of his best performances of the season in the second race in Valencia. Having qualified in eleventh, the young Tech3 rider lost two places in the first lap before climbing his way up to the leading group and taking sixth place. “It’s my personal best result in Grands Prix and one of my best races,” enthused Öncü. “I’m super happy about the work we did this weekend, because I was fast and consistent in every session. The team gave me a great bike and I will try to do this again for the final round in Portimao.”

The championship

With the end of the championship drawing near, Miguel Oliveira cements his position in the overall MotoGP standings. The KTM Tech3 rider occupies tenth place, while his teammate – a non-starter for the second week running – drops to nineteenth. In the Moto2 class, Sam Lowes remains second in the overall standings but sees the gap to leader Enea Bastianini widen to 14 points. Augusto Fernandez sits sixteenth overall on 63 points. With only one race remaining, the Spaniard is still in the running for a place in the top ten. In Moto3, Deniz Öncü climbs two places to seventeenth position, hot on the heels of teammate Ayumu Sasaki.

 

CATEGORY RIDER RACE CHAMPIONSHIP
MOTOGP Miguel Oliveira 6th 10th (100 points)
Iker Lecuona DNS 19th (27 points)
MOTO2 Sam Lowes 14th 2nd (180 points)
Augusto Fernandez 15th 16th (63 points)
MOTO3 Ayumu Sasaki 19th 16th (49 points)
Deniz Öncü 6th 17th (43 points)

 

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia

  • MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Valencia