Moto GP of Portugal. Miguel Oliveira wants to cement his position in the first half of the table – O Jornal Económico
The Grand Prix of Portugal is the last stage of the Moto GP world championship. Fabio Quartararo appears at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA) as the champion of the 2021 season, but the remaining places in the standings are still to be decided where, the Portuguese driver Miguel Oliveira, can cement his position in the first half of the table, at a time when it is in tenth place.
Still, it remains to be determined as winning teams. Currently the Japanese Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP is at the top of the league table with 364 points, but in second place comes an Italian Ducati Lenovo Team with 351 and renewed ambitions to reach the first position.
Francisco Begnaia, pilot of the Ducati Lenovo Team, comments that he arrives in Portimão “full of energy and willing to perform well. In the last GP here, I managed to get on the podium despite having started a race way back, and this weekend we will try to fight for victory again. We have to try to get as many points as possible to confirm second place in the championship and try to secure the team and constructor titles. I am optimistic and confident that we can have a good performance here in Portugal”.
The current champion, Fabio Quartararo, a Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider, said that the team’s goal is to be “first again, as we were at the beginning of the championship, because we still have two titles up for grabs. [equipas e construtores] which we must still fight for. We had a fantastic race on this track at the GP of Portugal. The pace was so fast, so I’m really curious to see what we can do this weekend.”
The competition between construction companies is also to be decided. Italian Ducati currently leads the standings, with 307 points, closely followed by Japanese Yamaha, who have accumulated 295 points, with two races to go.
Despite being removed from all titles in dispute, the spotlight is turned to Miguel Oliveira. The Almada rider accumulates fans throughout the national territory, proof of this was the result of motorcyclists who accompany him to the Algarve, on what was his first motorbike trip since he holds a driving license for two-wheel vehicles.
“At first, I think this weekend I had to do my best, but halfway through, with more people, I said that maybe we have to win. Upon arriving here, he concludes: we are really going to win”, said Miguel Oliveira on arrival in Portimão.
The Portuguese driver, who won the first race ever held at the AIA, added that “it’s a second opportunity this year, now with a public in the stands, which was what was missing. This way, you can feel the environment much more”.
A Moto GP race will take place this Sunday, the 7th, at 1pm in mainland Portugal.