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Oliveira: “I’m happy with the way I’m making progress”

Oliveira: “I’m happy with the way I’m making progress”

A full testing program sees Miguel Oliveira begin his journey in the Moto2™ World Championship journey in Jerez.

Just a handful of days after claiming his final win of the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship, Miguel Oliveira joined title rival Danny Kent as they become teammates in the Leopard Racing Moto2™ team. Their 2016 season begun in Jerez with a private test, the Portuguese rider debuting in the intermediate class on the Kalex. Completing 124 laps, Oliveira is now fully aware of how he needs to adjust his riding style and training program to better suit the 600cc Moto2™ bike. A time of 1’43.84 was 1.2 seconds slower than Kent, who already has experience in Moto2™.

Miguel Oliveira: “I’m very happy how things went the last two days. My first sensation is so good even though this bike is very different to that I’m used to in Moto3. The Kalex bike of course has more power as well as being heavier and also the tyres in Moto2 are definitely a different aspect for which I’ve a to adapt myself in several ways. Anyway, I’m happy with the way I’m making progress even there is a still lot to learn for me in the future. However, as said I’m happy so far. I’m pleased too for my ride in this highly professional team as a teammate of the reigning Moto3 World Champion. At this point my thanks go to all people in the team for their warm welcome to me. They are all decent people and I think we can have a good season in 2016. These last two days were a very first shakedown in the Moto2 category so it was important to learn and understand in which way I must change my physical preparation during the winter month. The Kalex Moto2 of course is a more demanding bike so I got a taste already in which parts I have to change my training. But also as soon I jumped on the bike for the very first time and since my first laps yesterday I know how to adapt my riding style for this category. In any case, it was a productive test for all of us.”

Moto2, 2016, Miguel Oliveira

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