Moto GP – Portuguese GP – Race
Season finale of the championship at Portimao, big challenge that decided final positions on the riders standings and defined the constructors championship, as both riders and team standings had already a winner
The lights turned off and front row kept their respective position on track, as Miguel Oliveira seek to finish a strong weekend by winning at home. Morbidelli kept 2nd while he started another battle with 3rd place, Jack Miller.
On first laps, the main point of interest became the battle for 4th place between Crutchlow, Zarco, Brald, Rins, Quartararo and Pol Espargaro Meanwhile ahead it was Miller and Morbidelli on constant chase, with Oliveira going full speed ahead from the rest of the grid. Brad Binder and Francesco Bagnaia were the first two retirements of the race.
Oliveira was flying on track, as the Portuguese rider separated by +4 seconds compared to 2nd place Franco Morbidelli, while the middle of the top 10 was looking like a Moto3 race, with many riders closed by. Some riders were gaining some momentum like Nakagami and Dovizioso who were climbing some positions; Other riders like Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow lose some pace and also some places. Pol Espargaro started to separate from the pack and ride alone in 4th.
The race at the front didn’t have much issues for Oliveira, who was still flying on track without any issue. Things were shaking up on the battle for 2nd, as Morbidelli was holding every potencial move that Miller could throw at him, like it happened last week at Valencia. But the outcome was different this time, as Miller made some manouvers on the 3rd sector and made a solid move on Morbidelli, holding a strong 2nd place for consecutive weeks, Morbidelli finished with another podium spot and Oliveira closed a perfect weekend with a 2nd career win at home
1. Miguel Oliveira /// 2. Jack Miller /// 3. Franco Morbidelli
4. Pol Espargaro /// 5. Takaaki Nakagami /// 6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Stefan Bradl /// 8. Aleix Espargaro /// 9. Alex Marquez
10. Johann Zarco /// 11. Maverick Viñales /// 12. Valentino Rossi
13. Cal Crutchlow /// 14. Fabio Quartararo /// 15. Alex Rins
16. Danilo Petrucci /// 17. Mika Kallio /// 18. Tito Rabat
DNF: Lorenzo Savadori, Joan Mir, Brad Binder, Francesco Bagnaia
Great way to finish a unexpected and exciting season, with so many iconic moments that would be marked as all time classic. From a uncertain future after the cancelation of the Qatar GP and rearrangement of the calendar, nobody expected that this season would be one of the closests and greatest of all time.
Many changes would happend on the grid next season and some new faces would appeard, there’s still some doubts of what could happend on the grid and on the next season. But what I can only say, that it was a massive effort from the organization, the teams and the riders that could give us a incredible season on these hard times for everyone.
Hopefully things can get better and a full championship calendar can take place on 2021.