Oliveira leaves it late to snatch win at Styrian MotoGP

23 August 2020 - 16:12 By Reuters
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal and Team KTM Tech 3 during the MotoGP of Styria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal and Team KTM Tech 3 during the MotoGP of Styria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
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KTM Tech3's Miguel Oliveira became the first Portuguese rider to claim a MotoGP victory in the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday in a race that was restarted after a horror crash involving Championship contender Maverick Vinales produced a red flag.

Oliveira edged Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller and pole-sitter Pol Espargaro of KTM in a three-way battle on the final lap, sealing a first-ever premier class victory for the KTM Tech3 team.

Earlier, Vinales was approaching turn one at around 225km/h when he was forced to jump off his Yamaha due to a brake failure with the bike crashing into the air wall and bursting into flames.

SA's Brad Binder finished eighth after qualifying 13th, and is fourth in the championship.

“It was a good race. The first one was going really well and I was slowly catching up ground," said Binder.

"To get up to sixth was already great. I felt really, really good. Unfortunately with the red flag and the restart I didn’t make the best decision with the tyres and really struggled to stop, even running off at Turn 1 but I was able to come back to eighth".

 

MotoGP Championship top 10 standings after five races

1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – 70

2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) – 67

3. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) – 56

4. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – 49

5. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – 48

6. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) – 46

7. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – 45

8. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – 44

9. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) – 43

10. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – 35


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