OLIVEIRA: MASTER OF THE RAIN IN SPAIN
Miguel Oliveira may not have secured the Moto2 title, but he did finish his Moto2 campaign off in style with a win in Valencia.
To reflect the drama-packed season, Fabio Quartararo had to start from pit lane when his bike failed to start prior to the warm up lap. A manic start to the race saw poleman, Luca Marini, hit the deck and a domino effect with Joan Mir and Lorenzo Baldassari ending their race too. Miguel Oliveira and Alex Marquez led from the front and pulled away for a two-rider duel. Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona scrapped for the final provisional podium spot.
Vierge was hot under the pressure from Lecuona and couldn’t stop himself from losing the front at turn eight, much like Alex Marquez. Despite the Marc VDS rider eventually taking over the baton and looking untouchable out front, his hot pace in the slippery conditions only left him in the gravel trap, allowing KTM’s Oliveira to retake the lead. However, the Spaniard did rejoin the race in just third place after his pileup and managed to salvage a podium place.
Mattia Pasini took an impressive fourth place ahead of Remy Gardener and Quartararo who recovered to take a phenomenal sixth.