Miguel Oliveira (KTM) regretted today that he was unable to recover more than one point for the Moto2 World Championship leader after finishing the Australian Grand Prix in 11th place.
The Almada rider took the 20th place on the grid but managed to regain ten places in the first three laps of the race before taking 11th place immediately ahead of his main rival in the title fight, Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex), failing to repeat last year's triumph at the Phillip Island circuit.
Oliveira finished 8.675 seconds behind his South African teammate Brad Binder, who won for the third time this season with KTM.
"This was a weekend where expectations were high, after last year's result, but I never felt comfortable with what we did to make some changes to try to improve, but they made me lose a bit of confidence in the bike, especially with the front train.It's a shame that we have not been able to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the gap to the leader in more points but we have to keep our heads up and focus on Malaysia, a test where we were very well last year " , said the Portuguese, who in 2017 also won at Sepang.
"We have to stay calm and try to make the most of the race. We are in the title fight and we will continue to try, which is the most important," concluded Miguel Oliveira, who helped Red Bull KTM Ajo maintain the leadership of the team championship with 445 points, 35 more than the Sky Racing Team VR46 by Valentino Rossi.
The Portuguese rider is now 36 points behind Francesco Bagnaia, who appeared to play to the defense. The Italian was in fifth place in the opening laps, having dropped out of 16th place on the grid, but then came to the idea that he had waited for the KTM chieftain to stay in the driver's wheel of Almada until at end.
Next weekend will be the Malaysia GP, 18th and penultimate race of the season. Miguel Oliveira will have to recover 12 points to his opponent to be able to take the title decision for the last race in Valencia on 18 November.