Miguel Oliveira once again held an epic race in the rain in Thailand, with the MotoGP world surrendering to the Portuguese. The secret? «I'm good at understanding the grip conditions on the track pretty quickly», he confessed.
Speaking to SportTV, Miguel Oliveira did not hide that he has a special relationship with the rain, when he tries to give his best «and get the most out of the bike and my abilities».
Asked about his ability to drive in the rain, Miguel Oliveira said:
«I think I'm good at understanding the grip conditions on the track quite quickly. The sensations are more raw. You have to be very smooth when approaching braking and accelerating and cornering speed. I'm quite gentle, and when it rains, I can make those abilities of mine more evident.»
Despite the difficulties of the race, especially at the beginning, when the track conditions were worse, with a lot of «spray» and «aquaplaning», which forced him to «make a lot of management with the throttle on the straight», Miguel Oliveira managed once again overcome his opponents, including Jack Miller, who still led the race and pressured the Portuguese until the end.
«I felt the terrain little by little so as not to wear out the tyres. At the same time, I tried to analyze Miller, who was the fastest, to see how he could buy time (...) When I saw that I had a chance, I overtook him.»
An overtake that ended up being his fifth victory in the premier race of the Motorcycle World Championship, a victory again achieved on a wet track.
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