Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) came out determined to be a “prophet in his land” and led the Grand Prix of Portugal which was played at the Portimao circuit from start to finish and with astonishing authority, ahead of the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) y of the Italian Franco Morbidelli Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1).
Oliveira came out like an exhale as soon as the traffic light went out with the clear objective of trying to be the protagonist in the race of “his” home, but in his wake there were a series of drivers “eager” to close the season with a good result.
The world champion in title, the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) who started twentieth -penultimate-, covered the first lap in twelfth position, while the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) had to take the workshop path with physical problems after hitting Joan Mir’s motorcycle.
While Oliveira was already more than a second ahead in his third lap, Joan Mir was touching from behind with the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) and to avoid the fall he lifted his motorcycle and went straight, which made him lose more five positions on his return to the tarmac.
In addition to Bagnaia, South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) also took the workshop road for the same reason, while Miguel Oliveira’s lead was increasing, with an impressive pace lap after lap.
With the Portuguese highlighted, from behind Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1) “settled” in the second position, chased by the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) and with the British Cal Crutchlow (Honda RC 213 V) a little further back, at the head of a quartet in which were Pol Espargaró (KTM RC 16), Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) and Johann Zarco.
Further back a group led by the Spanish Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), which also included the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) and the Spanish Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP).
Ten laps from the end, Joan Mir’s technical problems increased and he had to take the path of his workshop so that its engineers would try to solve it, without success, and that they were not new, because in the official training sessions electronics played a trick on him and relegated him to twentieth position.
In the lead, Miguel Oliveira knew how to maintain the differences while Morbidelli He tried to withstand the attacks of Jack Miller, who beat him in the last lap despite all his efforts, while Pol Espargaró was between them, fourth, and the chasing group, led by the Japanese Nakagami and in which no one gave in an iota of ground to the rival, but without Nobody could take the fifth place from Japan.
Alex Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) got a creditable eighth place after a tough fight with Andrea Dovizioso and Srefan Bradl, ahead of Alex Márquez and Johann Zarco, who was tenth, with Maverick Viñales eleventh and Alex Rins fifteenth.
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