Miguel Oliveira (KTM) admitted today that he faced a "harder than expected weekend" at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera, which finished in 18th place and without scoring.
This was the worst result of the Portuguese driver this season after four races, after finishing 17th in the opening round in Qatar, 11th in Argentina and 14th in the United States.
"It was a difficult race, I could not keep up with the drivers that were ahead of me, but at the beginning I still had a few overtakes, but I did not have the rhythm nor the speed to follow them, so I chose to keep my pace," .
"In the interior of the circuit, my motorcycle electronics was not working and I did a 'horse.' I had to slow down and I was overtaken again," he said.
The Tech3 rider says it was "a disappointing weekend" because he could not find a way to be fast and feel more comfortable with the bike.
"We tried a lot of things to improve, but it seems that this weekend, with the new parts we debuted, it was difficult to find the balance we had in the tests and the first races of the season," said Miguel Oliveira.
The Portuguese considers that he needs more time with the new material to find solutions that help him to feel comfortable in the motorcycle.
Still, he guarantees he was not frustrated with the result because of all the support he felt throughout the weekend.
"It's hard to get frustrated when you have so much support. I've seen a Portuguese flag on all the stands and that leaves me with a heart full." I continue to do my best and do my best with what I have. "
On Monday, the Almada rider will participate in the MotoGP tests that take place at the Angel Nieto circuit in Jerez de la Frontera, where today he competed for the fourth race of the season, won by the Spaniard Marc Márquez (Honda), the new leader of the World Cup.