MotoGP: Meet the rookies #3 – Miguel Oliveira

In the 3rd article of this 4 part series, we take a look at how Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira got onto the MotoGP grid.

In 2011 Miguel Oliveira competed in the 125cc Championship with Andalucía-Cajasol team. Miguel rode an Aprilia for this season with his best result coming at his home round in Estoril.

Oliveira remained in the lower class as they switched from 125cc’s to the current Moto3 machines. Oliveira remained in the Moto3 class till 2015 but his first podium came at Catalunya in his second season and ended that year in 8th place. Oliveira kept growing and growing in the Moto3 class and eventually ended up challenging Danny Kent for the 2015 World Championship but despite his 3wins in a row towards the end of the season, it wasn’t enough for the Portugese man.

Oliveira’s Moto3 campaign included 6 wins and 13 podiums, helping him achieve a ride in Moto2 for 2016.

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Credit: Foto ReD Photographic Agency

In 2016, Oliveira joined the Leopard Moto2 team, but a difficult season for him only saw him manage 21st place.

Despite a difficult season, Oliveira rejoined the KTM family in 2017 with their new Moto2 project racking up 9 podiums and 3 race wins.

A great debut season for KTM in Moto2 got even better in 2018 with Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira at the front, Miguel racked up a total of 12 podiums in 2018 with 3 wins, ending the season in 2nd place.

Miguel’s success in Moto2 attracted the attention of Herve Poncherol who had announced that his Tech 3 team was swapping Yamaha machinery for KTM and signed Oliveira in the process who would be making his debut in 2019.


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Credit: Andar de Moto

Miguel made his debut on the Tech 3 KTM in Valencia at the postseason test and ended the test at the bottom of the timesheets 3.0s off Maverick Vinales’ top time.

Miguel’s second outing was at Jerez where he ended the test down in 24th place 2.6s behind Takaaki Nakagami’s fastest time.

How will Miguel Oliveira get on throughout 2019 on the Tech 3 KTM?

Find out here at NowMoto.

Featured Image Credit: Tech 3 Racing


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