Oliveira grabs first MotoGP win in thrilling fashion

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Portuguese takes victory in Styria with incredible last-corner double overtake.

Miguel Oliveira triumphed at the Grand Prix of Styria to take a maiden premier-class win for both himself and the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team. Here is all you need to know:

– The weekend had already demonstrated the competitiveness of the KTM bike, but it was Pol Espargaró of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing who had made the early impression, taking the team’s first pole position in yesterday’s qualifying. Oliveira, 25, had to start from the third row of the grid in P8.

– Indeed, it was Espargaró who looked to be heading to the top of the podium as he led into the final lap from Ducati’s Jack Miller and Oliveira in second and third respectively. However, as they entered the final corner with Espargaró and Miller battling for the lead, the Portuguese rider swept through with a stunning double overtake and held on to seal the first MotoGP victory for himself, for the team and for Portugal.

 – Oliveira is the first rider to come all the way through the Red Bull KTM system to the premier class of motorbikes after starring in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, Moto3 and Moto2 championships. He will be joining the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team from the 2021 season.

– Oliveira said: “I’m very emotional… there’s so much I want to say but I cannot at the moment. A big thank you to all the people that believed in me, starting with my family, everyone in the team, sponsors and the Portuguese crowd. Thank you so much for your support. This is history today for me and my country and I couldn’t be happier to do it here in the home of KTM and Red Bull.”

– Miller took second on the line and will be satisfied to be standing on the Red Bull Ring podium for a second week running, having improved on third place at the Austrian Grand Prix last Sunday.

– Although Espargaró will be disappointed to have missed out on a first win in such a fashion, he can be very happy with a strong performance across the weekend, where he exceeded many expectations and took his first pole position and second-ever podium finish in MotoGP.

– Espargaró said: “Anyone can win those kinds of races! Pretty crazy. I was fighting with Jack until the last corner and Miguel was able to profit, but that’s racing. It was a beautiful race. Anyway, we made the podium, we are up here and I’m super-happy.”

– Last week’s winner, Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati, had to settle for fifth place this time around. LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami came in seventh, while Brad Binder, who won the first race for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing two weeks ago in Brno, just behind in eighth.

– The race saw a red flag for the second week in succession, this time after the Yamaha of Maverick Viñales hit the air wall. The Spanish rider was thankfully able to walk away unharmed.

– The result means there have now been four separate victors over the four MotoGP races so far this season, with three of them first-time winners. There have been a total of 11 different riders on the podium.

Styrian GP result
1. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 16:56.025
2. Jack Miller AUS Ducati +0.316
3. Pol Espargaró SPA Red Bull KTM +0.540
4. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki +0.641
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati +1.414

2020 MotoGP rider standings
1. Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 70 points
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 67
3. Jack Miller AUS Ducati 56
4. Brad Binder RSA KTM 49
5. Maverick Viñales SPA Yamaha 48

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