Miguel Oliveria signs off 2015 with stunning win at Valencia
Miguel Oliveira put in another great performance in the last round of the Moto3 season, claiming his sixth victory of the season at the Valencian GP -his third in succession.
The Portuguese managed four wins and two second places from the last six races of the year, taking 140 of the 150 points available, but it was not quite sufficient to win the title. The World Championship crown eventually eluded him by just 6 points.
From the start, Oliveira took the initiative and at all times sought the only result that could possibly lead to him becoming World Champion: First place.
He was part of a vibrant battle with the likes of Efren Vazquez, Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati, exchanging passes before taking the lead for the start of the final lap. From there he left his rivals with no chance, closing every gap to take the chequered flag in first.
The only thing to deny him the title was Danny Kent finishing ninth -becoming World Champion by 6 points.
After an exciting season in which Oliveira took the title fight to the final round, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider says goodbye to Moto3 with second place overall. He earned a total of 254 points in 2015, with 6 wins and a further 3 podiums.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
“Whoever has the most points wins the championship, and we came very close, but I’m happy with the season we’ve had -especially the last three races. Winning all three has been very good. We have proven to be a great team and the results we have obtained make me optimistic about the new challenges to come in the future. Throughout the year I have not had hardly any head-to-head battles with Kent. It has been a fight at a distance, because we haven’t really coincided at the front much. I have had ups and downs this year, but to end up winning the last three races is a great feat.
I’m happy with today’s win, in a race that was very competitive. I want to thank the whole team, KTM, Red Bull and all the partners for this wonderful season.”