Podium at the Cathedral for Mahindra’s Oliveira

Assen Moto3 RAC Oliveira Mahindra
Sunday, 29 June 2014

Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira finished third at the Dutch TT, taking a first podium of the season for the Indian manufacturer after a strong ride from 13th on the grid.

The chase was on, his next rival was second-placed Alex Rins and the gap was 2.5 seconds. By the 16th lap Oliveira was on his tail, and moved directly past.

The battle between the two continued until the final chicane on the last lap, where Rins outbraked Oliveira to lead him over the line by just over half a second.

It was the best result of the year for Mahindra, and a repeat of the same rider’s first MGP3O rostrum in Malaysia last year.

Oliveira commented, “It was a hard race. I was quite lucky at the start not to lose much time overtaking or getting involved in accidents. After that I focused on my lap time. I already knew that on used tyres we could make a good rhythm. Being so constant gave me an advantage.”

“After I passed Alex Rins for second he was behind me for quite a long time, and he studied me very well so he was able to pass me on the last braking point. There are still areas we need to improve our bike and the team is working very hard. This result gives much more motivation to keep working, to improve the bike and be constantly on the podium or winning races.”

Mufaddal Choonia Mahindra Racing CEO, added “I’m over the moon. It has been a weekend of ups and downs, but completely up and up in the race. I would have liked to finish second, but that is racing. We were slightly disappointed after qualifying because Miguel’s 13th was not the position we should be in. But it’s the race that matters, and Miguel again showed what he is capable of. We had pole at this race last year and finished fourth. It seems our devotions are heard here at the Cathedral of Racing. I hope we can now be slightly more consistent for the rest of the season.”

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