Miguel Oliveira takes victory in MotoGP’s first Indonesian race for 25 years.
Victory went in the way of Miguel Oliveira today in Indonesia after a long wait with downpour forcing riders to wait and the race nearly being cancelled. It was a long wait of more than hour for the race to start but it didn’t disappoint when the lights went out with ‘the great leveller’ of the rain allowing some great battles to take place.
Heading into turn one Miguel Oliveira arrived in second place after starting in P7 whilst Joan Mir made up 10 places in P8 after sitting in P18 on the grid, it didn’t take long for Oliveira’s pace to shine through making the move on Fabio Quartararo for the lead, the move allowing Miller to capitalise on Quartararo and demote the world champion to third place. In the early stages of the race Jack Miller had incredible pace and managed to overtake Oliveira and lead the race with Oliveira in tow.
2 laps later Oliveira had realised that he was the fastest of him and Miller and made the race-winning overtake, leading every lap from this moment until the chequered flag came down on lap 20 to crown Oliveira the victor.
At this point Fabio Quartararo had started to regain confidence making his way through on Alex Rins before challenging both Johann Zarco and Jack Miller for the podium spots, passing the two with ease and arriving in P2 with 5 laps to go, never relinquishing this place for the remainder of the race, this allowed Johann Zarco to also go through on Jack Miller and score his first podium of the season.
Further back there was a huge battle going on for P8 overall with six riders involved including rookie Darryn Binder, it was ferocious with Brad even sticking a move under his younger brother to prove who is boss, eventually, Brad would win the fight with Darryn the top rookie of the race in P10.
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