Wednesday , April 21 2021

Triumph of Miguel Oliveira decided the title of teams in Moto2

After another good start, in which he jumped from tenth to second place, the Almada rider took control of the second lap at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, taking advantage of a confusion in the first corner that left the owner of the pole, the Italian Luca Marini (Sky VR46), and finally delayed the already defending champion and also transalpine Francesco Bagnaia (Sky VR46).

It was a tough sun because the rainy ground, despite the rain having given way during the race, did not allow great attacks, and Miguel Oliveira lost the command to the Spaniard Alex Márquez in the fifth of the 25 laps of this Valencian Community Grand Prix, 19th and final race of the season.

But the Portuguese had warned it was going to be a long race, to ask for patience, and after both had printed a strong tempo, successively initiating the best laps of the race, the Spaniard paid dearly for the error he committed on the 15th lap.

Marquez exaggerated and ended up on the floor, clutching his Kalex, at the entrance of the goal straight. "I made a mistake, I tried to brake earlier to make the corner with more speed, but I fell," explained the younger brother of the MotoGP world champion, Spaniard Marc Márquez.

Alex was still able to return to the race to close the podium, 22.175 seconds behind Oliveira, who started his third victory of the season, having already won the Italian and Czech GPs in the summer. In the meantime, another Spaniard, Iker Lecuona (Swiss Investors KTM), who never bothered the Portuguese leadership, finished.

"I had said that I wanted to come here to fight for the win, the conditions on the track were treacherous, the important thing was not to be fast, but to be consistent, and in the middle of the race the track started to dry, which made the tires heavier and easier to do I saw what happened to the [Alex] Márquez and I was more careful, "explained Miguel Oliveira in quick interviews before the podium.

Along the way was also the teammate of the Portuguese driver at KTM, Brad Binder, which complicated the accounts of the team title. But the Portuguese victory and Bagnaia's final 14th place handed the gold to Red Bull KTM Ajo, which totaled 498 points against Sky's 453 VR46.

In the Drivers' World Championship, Oliveira leaves 297 points, nine fewer than champion Francesco Bagnaia, and as the driver who has recovered more positions between the qualifying and the race. Throughout the season, 135 places were won.

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