Portimao, Portugal, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 22nd Nov, 2020 ) :Miguel Oliveira said it was “extra special” to win his home MotoGP race in Portugal on Sunday for a dream finish to the season.
Jack Miller’s second place in the Algarve ensured that Ducati sealed the constructors’ title.
“It’s unreal,” said Oliveira afterwards. “You dream about these kinds of races and to finally be able to do it is incredible. I have no words to describe it, just my thanks to all the people and the crowd watching at home that couldn’t be here today. To them I say thank you and to my team as well.
“It’s a great day and a huge accomplishment for me. It’s extra special because my family didn’t get to see my first win live but they are here today so it’s an incredible day for me, very emotional. I’m just glad to finish the season on such a high.” The KTM Tech 3 rider’s triumph means there was no record-breaking 10th race winner, with Fabio Quartararo, Brad Binder, Andrea Dovizioso, Franco Morbidelli, Maverick Vinales, Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins and already-crowned champio Joan Mir making it nine victors at the end of a highly unpredictable World Championship.
Morbidelli came out on top of a six-way battle for the runners-up spot, despite being pipped to second place on the last lap by Australian Miller.
Miller’s strong finish meanwhile ensured Ducati claimed the constructors’ title for the first time since 2007 at the expense of Suzuki, whose hopes were dashed after a disappointing weekend for Mir.
Alex Rins took third place overall and Maverick Vinales fourth, meaning Spain boasted three of the championship’s top four. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, who won the first two races of the season, ended up fifth.
Portimao was hosting the country’s first race in the championship since 2012, with Oliveira already posting a record time in qualifying on Saturday.
He started in pole position and led all the way through to complete a fairytale victory, the only shame being that there were no fans in the Algarve to see it.
Oliveira still celebrated by carrying a Portuguese flag around his lap of honour.
Nine-time champion Valentino Rossi, meanwhile, continued a disappointing end to the season for Yamaha by finishing 12th, in what was Rossi’s final appearance before he switches to the satellite team in 2021.
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow was also bidding farewell to his full-time MotoGP career. He enjoyed a bright start but faded, dropping back to 13th.
Spaniard Raul Fernandez won the Moto3 race with compatriot Albert Arenas taking the title after finished 12th after a thrilling finale to the season.