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Oliveira: “I'm sure the race will be very hard fought”

Oliveira: “I'm sure the race will be very hard fought”

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix offers Miguel Oliveira a chance to keep his title alive, but he needs needs victory.

Phillip Island produced dramatic results in the Moto3™ World Championship, Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) crashed out of the race as Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira took victory. Many had expected Kent to take the title with ease in Australia but Oliveira’s determination, along with a bit of luck, sees the Portuguese rider still in the title fight. As they head to the Malaysian GP, 40 points split the pair and the Portuguese rider is again hunting for victory in an attempt to fight for the title in Valencia. Sepang holds fond memories for Oliveira who claimed third there in 2013 aboard the Mahindra but he’s aiming to keep his run of four top two finish going.

At the start of 2015 it looked as though Kent would walk the Moto3™ World Championship with ease, but Oliveira and KTM are making the Honda rider work for every single point. Since the introduction of the new KTM frame and swing arm in Misano, Oliveira has been the rider to beat and there’s little doubt that had he not broken his wrist in Germany he would be even closer to Kent. For 2016 both Kent and Oliveira will be teammates in the Leopard Racing Moto2™ team, but for now they are bitter rivals locked in battle.

Miguel Oliveira: “We reach the end of three consecutive weeks, in which so far we have taken a win and a second place, so it's not bad. We want to continue in the same line at the Malaysian GP, which brings back good memories because in 2013 I managed a podium there. It's a completely different track to Phillip Island, which is unique on the calendar, but anyway, I'm sure the race will be very hard fought. We must continue working like at the last race, and try to be at the front in each session. We still have a chance to fight for the title. We have an obligation to try until the last moment and go for the two victories that remain up for grabs."

Moto3, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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