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Oliveira: “We changed a lot on the bike”

Oliveira: “We changed a lot on the bike”

Pleased with his progress on Friday at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Miguel Oliveira is ready for further work.

Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira treated the opening day of the Malaysian GP as a day for adapting to both the heat and the circuit. Sepang is not only much hotter than Phillip Island, but the track is quite different in many aspects from surface to the layout and as such significant work was needed to alter the setup of his KTM. Much of this work was done in FP2 when he went almost half a second quicker than in the morning session. This saw him end the day in second and just 0.191s shy of Moto3™ World Championship rival Danny Kent (Leopard Racing).

All Oliveira can do to try and stop Kent taking the title is his best, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider aiming to be near the top of every session and hopefully battling for victory on Sunday. The last three years have seen a Red Bull KTM Ajo rider take pole position in the Moto3™ class and Oliveira is eager to continue this tradition and end the season on a high with the team, regardless of how the title fight goes. Sepang is his penultimate round in the lightweight championship, moving to Moto2™ in 2016.

Miguel Oliveira: “This first day went pretty well. At this circuit the first day is always used for adaptation, because of the heat. In the afternoon we changed a lot on the bike compared to the morning and I liked those changes, because in the end I was able to set a good time and get up to the front. Tomorrow we will try to do the same job, without pressure. My goal is to be up there in every session, I will give everything and try to finish amongst the top riders."

Moto3, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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