Great show, great race, great (unexpected) triumph of the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM), who celebrated his first victory of the year, at the Circuit de Catalunya, finally collecting a Portuguese flag among the 19,352 spectators who attended to Montmeló to witness the Grand Prix of Catalonia, in which the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), another hero of the day, remained as leader of the World Championship because, despite finishing third today, he was relegated to fourth place for having saved by drawing a ‘chicane’ at the moment the jumpsuit was opened and the chest protection worn by the pilots was lost. Oliveira, who fought to the end with the French Johann Zarco (Ducati), who came from behind, was accompanied on the podium by the two ‘Desmosedici’ of his compatriot and Australian Jack Miller.
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The dominance of Oliveira, who had in the Catalan Dani Pedrosa, present in Montmeló, his squire when it came to improving, in private practice, this KTM, which already won, last year, was total and although the ‘Devil’ was To win the race, the truth is that the choice of the front tire, which deteriorated a lot and that problem on the podium, prevented the Frenchman from fighting for victory. The truth is that Oliveira, already a leading rider and musketeer of the ‘kings’, has been able to withstand, not only the pace, but the pressure exerted by Quartararo and the two Ducati.
Marc Márquez went to the ground
While idols like Marc Márquez (Honda), who fought hard to get into the top-5, which he could have achieved, and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), went to the ground (it is the third consecutive fall of MM93: Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona), Oliveira showed that, after a bad start, the Austrian KTM brand has gotten into the fight with Yamaha and Ducati for the podium places. Oliveira is the fourth winner of the season: Fabio Quartararo (Doha, Portugal and Italy), Maverick Viñales (Qatar) and Jack Miller (Jerez and France). Quartararo continues to lead the Drivers’ World Championship, now 17 points ahead of Zarco.
“It is difficult to put into words how I feel, I think it was one of my three best races, as the tire management has been very hard. When Fabio overtook me, I thought ‘don’t get nervous, you’ll have your moment’ and, yes, I was able to pass him to the end of the straight, right away, and with the people in the stands I was able to enjoy all the laps, “said Oliveira.
So far the live online broadcast of the MotoGP Catalunya GP. The next appointment of the MotoGP World Championship will be next June 20 for the German GP at the Sachsenring circuit. It will be until then. Greetings
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.