Miguel Oliveira makes history by registering the Pole-Position for the MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal, in the qualifying session that ended a few minutes ago at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), in Portimão.
1m38.892s was the time that the driver of Almada, at the controls of his KTM, took to traverse the AIA, registering the track record and conquering his first Pole-Position, a historic feat in world motorcycling. The Portuguese driver left the Italian-Brazilian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) in second position, 44 milliseconds, and Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) in third, 146 milliseconds.
“I felt I had a good bike, I knew I could still take a few tenths off this morning. It was not easy due to the wind, but as it was Portuguese wind, it ended up helping me ”, he started by saying in amusement the Portuguese driver, citing the online newspaper Motorsport.
But the Portuguese driver still wants to show more in this 14th and final race of the World Speed Championship. "The work is not done yet, we have to finish it tomorrow and close with a flourish."
It is recalled that in the free practice sessions played before, in particular in the last one before qualifying, Miguel Oliveira had already given indications that the Pole conquest could happen, as he was the second fastest to run and was only over 125 thousandths of a second by Australian Jack Miller (Ducati).
Given this performance, Oliveira went directly to the second qualification of the Grand Prix of Portugal, where he won the Pole-Position and may tomorrow have a say in winning the race.