Oliveira to miss Valencia GP while penalty appeal rejected

The Portuguese rider will serve a Long Lap in his next race after his role in an incident during the Tissot Sprint in Qatar

Miguel Oliveira (CryptoDATA RNF Aprilia MotoGP™ Team) will not participate in this weekend’s Valencia GP, with injury curtailing his 2023 campaign. The Portuguese rider broke his right scapula after getting caught up in a Lap 1, Turn 6 incident with factory Aprilia stablemate Aleix Esparagro during the Tissot Sprint. 

Adding insult to injury, the #88 was deemed to be at fault for the incident and has been handed a penalty for his role in the crash, despite protestations. Having had an appeal denied, Oliveira will have a Long Lap penalty awaiting him in the next race he competes in.

That will most likely be at the 2024 curtain raiser in Qatar on March 10th, with the Portuguese rider hopeful of finding full fitness before then.

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