Miguel Oliveira conquers the victory by force, managing to win over Luca Marini at the chequered flag. 3rd place for Francesco Bagnaia.
Not only a victory but also the provisional first position in the World Champioship ranking: here you are Miguel Oliveira’s weekend, a hard-fighting rider from the beginning until the end. Today the main characters in the final battle for the podium were Oliveira, Luca Marini, Francesco Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassarri. The Portuguese rider of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team only needed 7 hundredths to win over the poleman, while ‘Pecco’ got the 3rd position.
We saw an amazing kickoff for Marini and Marquez, soon after followed by Oliveira. A few turns after the beginning we witnessed a bad crash among three riders: Mir, Gardner, and Bendsneyder had to withdraw from the race after the accident. Fenati had to serve a ride through for an early start, while also the wild card Cardelús, Manzi, and Medina fell. Marini, Oliveira, Bagnaia, and Vierge took up the first 4 positions, leaving a few tenths between them and their rivals, led by Marquez. The first 10 riders’ group was really solid, allowing the Spanish rider and Baldassari the chance to perform a comeback. Unfortunately, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Team rider had to withdraw from the race after falling down while trying to overtake Oliveira.
As laps went by, 4 riders started an intense final battle for the victory, lasting until the very end. Baldassarri, Oliveira, Marini, and Bagnaia (closely followed by Vierge) have been the leading characters in this hard-fought battle that gave us an incredible number of overtaking. Miguel Oliveira conquered an outstanding victory with a very short margin: 70 thousandths only! He had to defend tooth and nail the 1st place from Luca Marini, the protagonist of an excellent race and winner of the 2nd place, the second podium in a row.
Francesco Bagnaia got the 3rd place, winning over Lorenzo Baldassarri. Xavi Vierge crossed the finish line 5th ahead of Brad Binder, Marcel Schrötter, and Jorge Navarro. Sam Lowes and Mattia Pasini filled up the last positions in the top 10.