Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira took a richly deserved second victory of the season as MotoGP made its first-ever visit to Portimao in Portugal’s Algarve region. Here is all you need to know:
– The result is not only Oliveira’s second of the season, but also of his career; the first coming in dramatic fashion at the MotoGP of Styria back in August.
– There was no need for drama this time out, however. Building on a strong performance in qualifying, which saw him take a career-first pole position, Oliveira put on a nerveless display during the race, leading from lights to flag to seal the win in his home Grand Prix.
– Oliveira said: “It’s unreal. You dream about these kinds of races and to finally be able to do it is incredible: I have no words. My gratitude to all the people and all the fans at home who could not be here today.”
– In fact, the podium finishers had all looked to be starting as they’d begun proceedings, with Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli holding off Jack Miller at every turn. However, the Australian pounced on the final lap and passed the Italian to take second and seal the constructor’s championship for Ducati.
– Morbidelli’s third-place finish was enough to consolidate second place overall in the season standings.
– Pol Espargaró produced a fine ride to finish in fourth and cement a top-five finish for the season; bringing the curtain down on his KTM career in fitting fashion.
– Espargaró said: “It was not one of my best races but we must be very satisfied with the end result this year and the way to sign-off four years together. To be level on points for 4th in the championship and ahead of many other factory bikes and seeing a KTM take three wins this season is amazing for the company and the project.”
– Takaaki Nakagami of LCR Honda produced his now-traditional flying finish in fifth, pushing Espargaró all the way to the line.
– Andrea Dovizioso notched an improved sixth-place finish to put a difficult end of the season behind him and leap up the championship standings to fourth overall.
– Stefan Bradl finished seventh to record the strongest result of his stint standing in for the injured Marc Márquez at Repsol Honda.
– Brad Binder’s race may have ended early when he crashed his Red Bull KTM factory machine after carrying too much speed into Turn 1, but the South African still did enough to confirm his Rookie of the Year title.
– Binder said: “All-in-all my rookie year has come to a close and we managed to wrap the Rookie of the Year award, which was a goal starting the season. It’s been a tough but fantastic season with big highs and low lows! I think all of it will build me up to be a stronger rider next season.”
Portuguese GP result
1. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 41m 48.163s
2. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati +3.193s
3. Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha +3.298s
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory +12.626s
5. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda +13.318s
2020 MotoGP rider standings
1. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki 171 points
2. Franco Morbidelli ITA Yamaha 158
3. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki 139
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 135
5. Pol Espargaró SPA Red Bull KTM Factory 135