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Oliveira: "Anything is possible"

Oliveira: 'Anything is possible'

Victory at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix keeps Miguel Oliveira’s 2015 title hopes alive as his two rivals crash.

As the Moto3™ World Championship lined up on the grid for the Australian GP, all eyes were focused on Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) as almost everyone thought he would clinch the 2015 title. But it was not to be, the Brit falling from the race along with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) and suddenly eyes became transfixed on Miguel Oliveira. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider would be able to delay Kent’s title chance if he could just finish on the podium, the Portuguese rider pushed as hard as he dare as he aimed to claim victory. It became a game of chess during the final lap, Oliveira’s experience telling him that he needed to be second as he begun the final lap. At Lukey Heights he let Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) in order to slipstream past the Czech rider.

This plan worked to perfection and Oliveira was able to open up a gap, all be it a small one, allowing him to break the slipstream of his pursuers. The KTM rider would cross the line just 0.132s ahead of Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) and is now 40 points behind the Brit. 2015 has seen Oliveira produce fours wins and three additional podiums, the Australian victory his fourth top two finish in a row. Two races offer a total of 50 points for Oliveira to claim, it may be a long shot but as the Australian GP proved; anything can still happen. Oliveira is now the only rider with a mathematical chance of beating Kent to the 2015 crown, first is the only position Oliveira is aiming for in the final two races.

Miguel Oliveira: “The truth is it was a crazy race. On the final laps I saw that the group was not very big and I could relax a little, but I was clear that I wanted to finish first or second. Before the race I wasn’t too sure about my strategy, but I knew I wanted to go into the last lap in second and that is why I opened up at Lukey Heights to let Kornfeil pass me, looking to slipstream him on the straight.”

“That enabled me to start the last lap with a little gap and I was able to defend very well for the entire lap. I'm happy for my team, as this was a very important victory and we all worked hard for it. Obviously with fifty points still up for grabs and us being forty off the top, anything is possible, although my focus is to continue as we have been doing at the two remaining races. As we saw in this race, anything can happen, and in the end you also have to have some luck. Moto3 is a class in which everyone is fighting up to the final moment, and every metre of the track counts”


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