Portugal’s Red Bull KTM ace Miguel Oliveira speaks openly about the feelings ahead of his next home Grand Prix ahead of the Portimão weekend.
Miguel Oliveira plunged his compatriots into a collective frenzy with his win at the MotoGP race in Portimão in 2020. The man from near Lisbon has long since risen to become a folk hero in his homeland.
Back then, the sensation still happened for the French Tech3-KTM team. This time Oliveira is coming to the Algarve as the successor to Pol Espargaró in the Red Bull KTM factory team and has seen a trough of emotions from the current 2021 season. The 26-year-old finished the first Portimão GP of the season after falling outside the points.
“We’ll definitely come here with a different mentality. We had problems here at the beginning of the season. Now towards the end of the World Cup season I had a good connection to the bike again, even if I unfortunately didn’t get a good result in Misano. “
As a reminder: Oliveira retired on the Adria in the closing stages on a podium course.
“The key is to start tomorrow with a good feeling and give something back to the team,” said the Portuguese on Thursday. «I think we have every reason to believe in a good result. It always depends on many things, of course. It will be great to finally have the fans back. I hope they will like the show. Hopefully we can celebrate something on Sunday! “
And Oliveira also knows: “The opponents will be tough, everyone likes this slope and is fast. But it will be about adapting to the situation and not losing sight of the normal racing routine. “