moto2 / Best result in Moto2 for Oliveira in Barcelona
The Portuguese is author to an extraordinary race and crossed the finish line in eighth place; his teammate Danny Kent had to retire after the first half of the race.
There was a strange atmosphere on the starting grid for the Moto2 class today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the memory of the late Luis Salom in the mind of everyone. At the start, the two Leopard Racing riders maintained their positions obtained in qualifying, remaining locked in the tight tussle.
Halfway through the race there was a cold shower for Danny Kent, the 21-year old from Chippenham forced to pit due to a technical anomaly on his Kalex. The problem couldn’t be solved and the Brit was forced to withdraw.
Miguel Oliveira had an exemplary race, marked by tenacity and intelligence, two qualities that are typical of the Portuguese rider. The 21 year old circulated without mistake, and the blink of an eye was leading the attack on the riders in front and a few laps from the end entered the top ten.
The Frenchman Johann Zarco won the Grand Prix de Catalunya, with Rins and Nakagami on the podium. Miguel Oliveira passed Pons and crossed the line in 8th place: his best result in the intermediate class and the third consecutive race in the points.
Now he has 23 points while his unlucky team-mate is stuck with 12 points in the standings. The British will look for a better performance at the next race at Assen TT in just two weeks time.
#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA – 8th:
“It was a very difficult race, but I had very steady pace that allowed me to open a gap to the riders chasing me. I arrived at the gates of the Top Ten, but I felt I could do better. I pushed hard on the last lap and, right on the curve of the straight, I passed Pons to finish eighth. It is not the happiest weekend for our sport: I know I did a good race, but at the same time it is difficult to accept what happened to Luis Salom.”
#52 Danny KENT – n.c:
“Of course I’m disappointed with the result, another DNF. We were very unlucky with the problem we had with the front brake disc and pads. It’s been a tough weekend. We had some good moments but had a small crash in Qualifying which had us down in 21st. This is not how we wanted to start, we have to keep our heads high and keep working. Hopefully our bad luck leaves us soon.”
Moto2™ Race – Gran Premi de Catalunya 2016:
1 – Johann Zarco / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / 23 laps
2 – Alex Rins / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP40 / Kalex / +4.380
3 – Takaaki Nakagami / JPN / Idemitsu Honda Team Asia / Kalex / +9.313
8 – Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / +20.637
NC – Danny KENT / GBR / Leopard Racing / Kalex
Moto2™ World Standing 2016:
1 – Alex Rins / 116 points
2 – Sam Lowes / 108 points
3 – Johann Zarco / 106 points
14 – Miguel OLIVEIRA / 23 points
18 – Danny KENT / 12 points
Photo credit: Leopard Racing