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Oliveira: “It has been a long time off the podium for me”

Oliveira: “It has been a long time off the podium for me”

Fresh off announcing his 2016 plans, Miguel Oliveira returns to the Moto3™ World Championship podium.

A new frame and swing arm was supplied to all of the KTM riders in the Moto3™ World Championship during the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, the Austrian manufacturer utilising their allotted upgrade for the 2015 season. The new parts aimed to help with stability and turning, the effects almost immediately noticeable as Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) returned to the forefront of the Moto3™ class, having struggled to find the rapid pace he had before breaking his wrist at the German GP. It was also announced on Sunday morning that the Portuguese rider would race for Leopard Racing in the Moto2™ World Championship in 2016.

The race proved to be a hard-fought battle, six riders pushing each other down to the final lap of the race. It was Oliveira who led for the majority, even beginning the final lap at the front of the leading pack, but Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) was close behind. In front of his home crowd the young Italian was desperate for his first victory in the lightweight class and held off until the final moments, surprising Oliveira. With only a small number of corners remaining the KTM rider was unable to fight back and saw himself finish 0.037s behind the young Italian.

Miguel Oliveira: “It was a pretty good race. I had a good pace and I was able to lead for many laps, although this is mentally tiring when you are trying not to make any mistakes. I think this year the level is quite high in the class and we saw a good race. We set good times and despite the fact that some of our rivals are very young, they did not make mistakes. On the last lap, Enea Bastianini was able to overtake me thanks to the slipstream; I congratulate him because he had a good race. He had not managed the slipstream on previous laps, so I did not expect it, but I have to be happy with second position because it has been a long time off the podium for me. For the end of the season I hope to do this more often and I hope to get some more victories."

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, RAC, Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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