MotoGP Portugal is the 14th or final series of the World Championship this season which took place at the Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Sunday (22/11/2020) evening WIB.
Miguel Oliveira on the podium of the Portuguese MotoGP champion accompanied by Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT).
Oliveira appeared very perfect because he never lost the pole position from the start of the race until crossing the finish line.
This is Oliveira’s second victory this season after previously also winning the Styria MotoGP race, 23 August 2020.
However, the victory in the Portuguese MotoGP this time was very special for Oliveira.
Because, Oliveira won the race that was held in his homeland, Portugal.
On the other hand, Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) failed to finish the race after entering the paddock on lap 15.
Joan Mir, who started from number 20, reportedly experienced engine problems and had to end the race earlier.
Meanwhile, Morbidelli, who finished third, became the best Yamaha rider in this race.
This is because three other Yamaha riders, namely Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales, and Fabio Quartararo, finished outside the top 10.
The course of the 2020 Portuguese MotoGP race:
Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s host driver, Miguel Oliveira, successfully maintained his starting position by leading the race on the first lap.
The Portuguese MotoGP starting grid occupied by Oliveira, Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), and Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) also remained unchanged after the first lap.
On the second lap, Oliveira even got 1.244 seconds ahead of Morbidelli in the middle of the second lap.
The world champion, Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), had an incident at Turn 3 on the second lap. On the third lap, Joan Mir is still stuck at number 17.
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When finishing the third lap, Oliveira became the fastest racer with a record time of 1 minute 39.912 seconds.
That put Oliveira 2,334 seconds ahead of Morbidelli in second on entering the fourth lap.
Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) looks struggling in this race. Vinales who started the race from eighth, his position slipped to 13th on the fifth lap.
Entering the sixth lap, the three consecutive leading positions are still occupied by Oliveira, Morbidelli and Jack Miller.
However, on this sixth lap Oliveira improved her time and was 2.967 seconds ahead of Morbidelli.
Entering lap 10, Oliveira continued to lead with almost four seconds of advantage over Morbidelli.
The leading three positions began to separate from the other riders on lap 19.
Jack Miller, who was in third place, was also in front of nearly four seconds to be precise 3.647 seconds from Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM) who was stalking in fourth position.
In the 15th lap, Joan Mir failed to finish the race and opted into the paddock.
Joan Mir is thought to be having electronic problems so he has to end the race faster.
On lap 19, the three leading riders are still occupied by Oliveira, Morbidelli and Jack Miller.
Oliveira this time seemed to be driving alone because he was 4.251 seconds ahead of Morbidelli.
Oliveira, who was unstoppable since the first lap, finally succeeded in becoming the winner of the Portuguese MotoGP race.