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Oliveira inaugurates MotoGP at Portimao in style, saving best for FP3

Miguel Oliveira makes the experience of his home Portimao circuit count as he tops the first-ever official MotoGP session to be held around the Portuguese venue

Home hope Miguel Oliveira says he is saving himself for a run at an automatic Q2 spot until FP3 after making his local knowledge count by topping the timesheets in the first-ever MotoGP session to be held at the Portimao circuit.

An unexpected home race for Oliveira, who is coming to the end of his second season in MotoGP with the Tech 3 KTM team, the Portuguese MotoGP was revived as a late addition to the 2020 schedule, though this is the first time it has ever been held at Portimao.

While a few riders have previously tackled the unusual, undulating Algarve circuit in previous years, Oliveira knows the venue intimately and duly demonstrated that in FP1 by topping the timesheets with a rapid final effort.

Going on to set the 13th best time in FP2, Oliveira says he…

Ollie Barstow

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