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MotoGP: Oliveira gives Red Bull KTM boost with win in Spain

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Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira held off a late surge from Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco to win the Catalonia MotoGP on Sunday.

Australian Jack Miller on the works Ducati took third after championship leader Fabio Quartararo was hit with a three-second penalty for straying off the track a few laps from the end.

Oliveira gives Red Bull KTM boost

“Everything was so hard: tyre management, keeping cool when Fabio was putting the pressure on me for so many laps,” said Oliveira. 

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“I kept it really cool when he overtook me. I saw my chance on the straight and overtook him back. It was the perfect race.”

Both Quartararo and Miller briefly led the Catalonia MotoGP, but both had problems on a hot afternoon.

Yamaha star Quartararo was penalised three seconds for going way off the track on his bike at the chicane four laps from the end.

Quartararo also finished the race barechested, after unzipping his jacket, pulling out his chest protector and discarding it. The Frenchman remains top of the rider standings but Zarco has cut the gap to just 17 points.

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Miller climbed to third, overtaking his factor Ducati team-mate, Italian Francesco Bagnaia, who was seventh on the day. 

Defending champion Joan Mir, who started 10th on the grid on his Suzuki, finished fifth, while multiple world champions Marc Marquez (Honda) and Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha-SRT) retired after crashes. 

Zarco, who has yet to win in the premier class, moved through the pack late in the race but was not quite able to catch the smooth-riding Oliveira for his maiden MotoGP win. 

“The last two laps I tried to catch Miguel,” said Zarco. “But he just told me was also controlling well. I was not close enough to try to attack him.”

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The race was the first this season to allow fans, with a crowd of 24,000, 20 per cent of capacity permitted. 

After crossing the line, Oliveira raced to the stands to collect a Portuguese flag from a fan.

“Thank you to all the fans here everything has been amazing this weekend with the public back in the grandstand and it feels good to be back to normal,” said Oliveira.

Catalonia MotoGP results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 166.1 40’21.749
2 20 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 166.1 +0.175
3 16 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 166.0 +1.990
4 13 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 166.0 +4.815
5 11 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 165.7 +5.325
6 10 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 165.7 +6.281
7 9 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 165.5 +8.175
8 8 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 165.5 +8.378
9 7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 165.0 +15.652
10 6 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 164.8 +19.297
11 5 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 164.6 +21.650
12 4 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 164.6 +22.533
13 3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 164.2 +27.833
14 2 89 Jorge MARTIN SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 164.1 +29.075
15 1 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 163.4 +40.291
Not Classified
27 Iker LECUONA SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 165.3 8 Laps
46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 164.9 9 Laps
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 165.5 14 Laps
93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.0 17 Laps
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 163.2 19 Laps
44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.5 20 Laps

Weather Conditions:

 |   Track Condition: Dry|   Air: 25º| Humidity: 54%|   Ground: 41º

Records:

Pole Lap:   Fabio QUARTARARO 1’38.853 169.5 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 8 Johann ZARCO 1’39.939 167.7 Km/h
Best Race Lap.: 2021 Johann ZARCO 1’39.939 167.7 Km/h
All Time Lap Record: 2021 Fabio QUARTARARO 1’38.853 169.5 Km/h

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