Miguel Oliveira signs with Leopard Racing for 2016 Moto2 ride
After just one year as new colourful entry in Grand Prix racing on world stage, Leopard Racing is to start a project in the highly competitive Moto2 category alongside to its Moto3 outfit.
With Miguel Oliveira, a young and promising rider is signed for the 2016 campaign in the intermediate category of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship. The agreement was finally reached during the weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix.
20 years old Oliveira, born in Portugal’s city of Pragal, will make his step up to Moto2 with the conclusion of the 2015 season. Oliveira currently occupies fifth spot of the Moto3 standings with already two race wins to his hands this season.
#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA:
“Honestly speaking I’m playing around with this idea since the beginning of this year. Of course it will be a big step for me, but I feel I’m ready to do it. Moto2 is a very difficult category so I’ll need a lot of training to start this new chapter in my career well prepared because we’ve seen many riders to enter this class but struggling to adapt to it quickly. Anyway, I’m convinced that I’m doing it with the right team, I trust in the guys around me as well as in the whole project. I think we’re going be successful. From my side I only can say that I’ll put my 200 percent in this stage of my career and I’ll try and do my best from the very first beginning. I’m really happy to reach this agreement with such a successful team and with an experienced crew.”
Miodrag KOTUR (Leopard Racing):
“First of all, we are pleased that Miguel Oliveira has seen what we want to achieve with our global road-racing programme. We’ve been watching him for some months and there is no doubt that Miguel is a rider of great talent and potential. We certainly feel he can open a few eyes. We are very confident that his smart riding style will suit perfectly with a Moto 2 bike. We are looking forward to meeting the Moto 2 World championship challenge with this young rider.”
Source: Leopard Racing