PORTIMAO, Portugal – Miguel Oliveira completed a dream weekend in his home country of Portugal by riding to his second MotoGP victory of the season at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
Starting from the pole, Oliveira all but annihilated the field on Sunday afternoon. He rocketed into the lead in the first corner and by the end of the first lap led by more than half a second over Franco Morbidelli.
After three laps Oliveira was 1.5 seconds up on the battle for second as Morbidelli found himself in a fight with Jack Miller for the runner-up position. By the time the field got to lap seven, Oliveira had built his led to three seconds.
The Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider stayed around three seconds ahead of the field for the remainder of the race, cruising to victory in his home country. Behind him, it was Miller who emerged as the winner of the battle for second over Morbidelli, who completed the podium in third.
Pol Espargaro took fourth with Takaaki Nakagami ending the season in fifth.
While the MotoGP championship battle was already decided entering Sunday’s finale, the battle was still on for the constructor championship between Suzuki and Ducati.
In the end, that war was won by Ducati after a miserable day for newly crowned MotoGP champion Joan Mir and his teammate, Alex Rins. Mir failed to finish and Rins took 15th, scoring a single point for the team as a result.
The highest finishing Ducati was that of runner-up Miller, which gave the constructor crown to the Italian brand for the first time since 2007.