After an intense battle, Miguel Oliveira finished first at the Catalunya Grand Prixon Sunday to win the season’s championship title.
If you watched the race, then you’ll agree that it would be easier gambling on the Crazy Time Casino Game than predicting the events of this season’s championship race. Miguel himself admits that everything in the race was hard, from Fabio Quartararo, the former champion, putting pressure on him during the laps to handling tire management and keeping it cool when Fabio overtook him.
Nonetheless, it was the perfect race for him since he was able to overtake Fabio when he saw the chance. Miguel took over from Fabio Quartararo, who finished fourth after he was hit with a three-second penalty because he strayed off the track towards the race’s final laps.
Fabio managed to remain at the top of the rider standings. In second place was Frenchman Johann Zarco and in third place came Australian Jack Miller. Both Fabio and Miller took first place at certain stages of the race. But, they also experienced problems.
For instance, Fabio finished the race bare-chested since he unzipped his jacket, removed and discarded his chest protector.
The rider Zarco from the Ducati satellite team Pramac cut the mark of the rider standings at merely 17 points. However, he could not catch up with the champion Miquel since he entered the pack late, and Miguel managed to hold off a late surge until the finish line.
Zarco also admitted that Miquel controlled his laps well, making it challenging to catch up to him in the last two laps since he did not get close enough to attack the champion. Zarco is yet to win the MotoGP class.
Miller also rose to the third position leaving behind his Ducati teammate Italian Francesco Bagnaia in seventh place. Joan Mir, the Suzuki Spanish title holder, started the grid on the 10th position. Nevertheless, he managed to take the fifth position in the race.
Marc Marquez from Honda and Italian Valentino Rossi from Yamaha-SRT are multiple world champions. However, they had to retire from the race after they experienced crashes. This is the third time Marc Marquez is experiencing crashes, and they have happened in a row.
The entire Catalunya Grand Prix finish line up was as follows:
- Miguel Oliveira from the Portuguese team Red Bull KTM finished in 40mins 21.749secs
- Johann Zarco Pramac finished +0.175secs
- Jack Miller from the Australian team Ducati finished +1.990secs later
- Fabio Quartararo from the French team Yamaha finished +4.815secs later
- Joan Mir from the Spanish team Suzuki finished +5.325secs later
- Maverick Vinales from the Spanish team Yamaha finished +6.281secs later
- Francesco Bagnaia from the Italian team Ducati finished +8.175secs later
- Brad Binder from the Russian team Red Bull KTM finished +8.378secs later
- Franco Morbidelli from the Italian team Yamaha finished +15.652secs later
- Enea Bastianini from the Italian team Ducati finished +19.297secs later
Also, the world championship standings are:
- 118 points for Fabio Quartararo
- 101 points for Johann Zarco
- 90 points for Jack Miller
- 88 points for Francesco Bagnaia
- 76 points for Joan Mir
Miguel Oliveira crossed the finish line and went straight to the stands to pick up the Portuguese flag.
This is the first race in the season that has allowed fans to participate in the race. The capacity that was present during this race was 20 per cent, which was a crowd of 24,000 of the total number allowed.
Miquel noted that it was amazing to have the public back in the grandstand since it made everything feel normal. But, in true fashion, the champion did not forget to thank his fans for offering their support throughout the amazing weekend.