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