Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira, at the helm of KTM at Tech3, qualified this Saturday with the 8th chrono for the MotoGP European Grand Prix, which will take place tomorrow at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in Valencia, Spain.
After being the fastest in the last free practice session, he recorded his best lap with 1.41.328 minutes, finishing 894 milliseconds of the fastest, Spaniard Pol Espargaró (KTM) who registered pole position.
“It was a positive day, we started with a good pace in the morning session, in the fourth free practice as well. We did the work we had to do in Q1, we moved on to Q2. Then, we were a little short of what we could do, but the track started to dry out and overheated the tires, and I couldn't get the same traction to be as fast as it had been 10 minutes before ", explained the Portuguese driver after qualifying.
It should be noted that in the first qualification, Miguel Oliveira was the fastest with the time of 1.40.771 minutes, while in the second phase (Q2), he rode in 1.41.328 minutes.
“Still, I am happy with the eighth position. Tomorrow (Sunday), we will enter unknown territory, with a probably dry track, so we have to be alert, adapt quickly to what we find and have a good race ", finished the pilot of Almada.
It should be noted that the qualifying session was played under the sun, but with the track wet at several points, which caused some falls. The Portuguese driver had to go through the first qualifying round (Q1), after being 13th in the third free practice session, however, he would end up being the fastest in Q1, guaranteeing one of the two spots available for Q2 , which brings together the fastest 12 of the day.
The MotoGP European Grand Prix is the 12th race of the season, in which Miguel Oliveira comes in 10th place in the championship, with 79 points, while the leader is Spaniard Joan Mir (Suzuki) with 137 points.