Incredible comeback by Oliveira to take 8th at Indy
Miguel Oliveira faced this weekend yet another new circuit and in this case not only a very difficult track, but the riders also had to deal with a new asphalt that was very slippery in the first practice. But these difficulties did not prevent Miguel to do an excellent job during practice, achieving a 5th place as best result, although in the qualifying session he failed to match his best laptime and started from 11th on the grid.
Miguel was sure he could do a good race, but a mistake at the start relegated him to the last position from which he launched a relentless attack that took him to the 8th position.
Alberto Moncayo, who was injured yesterday after a hard crash, has done everything he could to return to Spain as soon as possible so he could visit Dr. Mir. Finally he will be examined next Wednesday, at which time it will be decided whether Alberto will participate in the San Marino Grand Prix, taking place next weekend.
Since yesterday Alberto is progressing well and first impressions are that the damage is less than expected, so that neither the rider nor the team lose hopes that the youngster can ride the bike in San Marino.
Miguel Oliveira, 8°: “Today things went quite well after the start I’ve done; I released the clutch too quick and the bike stopped which relegated me to the last place. From that moment I tried to move up as high as possible until I reached Folger with whom I fought for 8th position. I had the pace to catch the front group, but I preferred not to risk too much, because the track conditions were very difficult and I didn’t want to crash, so I settled for 8th place which I think is a good result and is within my goals for this season.
The team has worked very hard throughout the weekend and I leave here very confident for Misano where I am sure we can do a good race and finish in the top five.”
Source: Team Machado