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Oliveira: “I could play around with things”

Oliveira: “I could play around with things”

A seventh front row start for Miguel Oliveira who keeps calm to overcome riders hunting for a tow.

As one of the fastest riders in the Moto3™ World Championship, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira is frequently targeted by other riders searching for a tow. This didn’t worry the Portuguese rider who simply got to work at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix and put in a quick lap early in the session. With a fast lap in the bank, Oliveira was able to play around with the setting of his KTM and experiment with lines before the final five-minute shootout. Oliveira’s 2’12.957 would see him end the session in third, critically ahead of title rival Danny Kent (Leopard Racing).

Sundays race will be critical in deciding the 2015 title, this is potentially Oliveira’s last chance to delay Kent lifting the crown. The best way to stop Kent is for Oliveira to take victory, but no doubt Moto3™ will be as close a contest as ever. Two long straights at the Sepang circuit make breaking away almost impossible in the lightweight class.  In years previous ‘team’ orders have come into play and with only one other KTM in the top six, Oliveira may find himself swamped by Hondas in the opening laps.

Miguel Oliveira: “The QP today went quite well. I had a really bad last stint, because as I was first from the early stages, everyone wanted to catch a tow from me. I had my good lap from the first stint in the bag, so I could play around with things. I'm happy with the result, although I think at this circuit it is not as important to start from the front row. However, this will help us to get away from traffic on the early laps, even though I think the race will be in a group. Tomorrow in the race it will be important not to make mistakes, have fun and deal with the heat as best we can to try to get on the podium."

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

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