Oliveira scores career best result with sixth in Brno, Iker Lecuona crashes out of Czech GP
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira showed another fantastic display of his talent today at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno, crossing the line in sixth place. Starting from P13, the Portuguese worked a long way through the field. In the course of the 21 laps race, he made up one position after another, passing strong rivals to finally achieve his best ever MotoGP outcome, crossing the line just 7.969 seconds behind the race winner, fellow KTM rider Brad Binder.
On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Iker Lecuona was launching off the race from P19 on the grid, performing well in the first laps to even place himself inside the points scoring positions. While fighting for 14th, the MotoGP World Championship rookie unfortunately went down on the fourth lap of the race, ending his chances for a decent result early.
“This has been a good end of the weekend today. We had a decent race, I feel that we have done a good job the entire weekend. Looking at the race, our starting position cost us a better result, but we need to live with that and do a better job next race in just a few days’ time.”
“In the Warm Up this morning, I felt really good, my pace was strong for the race. I’m happy about the work during the weekend, because Friday we were struggling, I improved on Saturday and on Sunday I felt prepared. I passed some riders, but when I tried to overtake Joan Mir in corner 13, I knew that there were some bumps. He was quite slow on the straight, I was left of him, in a good position, but he just closed the line, so I tried to release the brake a bit and to save the situation, but finally I touched him and we crashed. Maybe I should have been waiting longer, but this seemed to be a good opportunity. So, I want to say sorry to my team and also sorry to Joan. Anyway, we improved a lot this weekend and we learned a lot, so we will see what will happen in Austria.”