MotoGP Portugal: Miguel Oliveira Wins MotoGP Season Finale in Portugal
- MotoGP Portugal saw Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) claimed his second victory of 2020, following Styrian GP, at Algarve International Circuit in Portugal. He dominated the race keeping the 1st place from the start to the final lap.
Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) overtook Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) on the final lap and finished 2nd. This result is his fourth podium of 2020 and helps Ducati to claim the Constructor crown.
Meanwhile, Franco Morbidelli took the fifth podium, and wrapped up runner-up in the Championship 2020.
Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM) ended in fourth, which vaulted him to fifth in the Championship, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) the top Honda runner at the chequered flag in sixth.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) recovered from 12th on the grid to end his final Ducati appearance in sixth. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda) finished 7th with his best result of 2020.
Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) was 15th and the World Champion Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) ended on lap 16 with a mechanical issue. This marks Suzuki factory missed the Constructor crown.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) finished 13th as he bids farewell to a full time MotoGP career.
Miguel Oliveira said, “It was long! I had different emotions [than Styria] because in Austria it was a last lap overtake and I was there on the podium, but it was different, there was a lot of adrenaline. Here there was no battle - I started first and finished first. It was about managing emotions throughout the race and to be able to do it is nice. I didn't want to look at the board for the first 3 laps, I just wanted to do my pace and my lines and try to see if anyone would go for a lunge on the inside. I started already on a 1m 40.0s and I thought that would be a good reference to see how much further I could go, then I had a 1.5s lead and from that point on I tried to extend it little by little to get to the last ten laps with a gap to manage. It's a close championship. I think this season we have seen a different format of races but also a different competitiveness in terms of riders and teams. A factory and a satellite team can win races, be on the podium, so it becomes a lot more unpredictable to manage race weekends. You need to be on your best every time and I predict next year it will be even harder to stand out and be the leader, but I could be wrong… that's just my guess.”
Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal Race Results
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 41m 48.163s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +3.193s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +3.298s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM / +12.626s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +13.318s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / +15.578s
- Stefan Bradl / Repsol Honda / +15.738s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Gresini / +16.034s
- Alex Marquez / Repsol Honda / +18.325s
- Johann Zarco / Reale Avintia / +18.596s
- Maverick Viñales / Monster Yamaha / +18.685s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / +18.946s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / +19.159s
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / +24.376s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +27.776s
- Danilo Petrucci / Ducati Team / +34.266s
- Mika Kallio / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / +48.410s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia / +48.411s
- source : MotoGP