When, on Sunday, the GP of Valencia ends, Miguel Oliveira closes a three year cycle at Moto2, the Intermediate category of the World Motorcycle Championship. The day after tomorrow, you will be in the queen class with the first test of preparation for the new era. The MotoGP version will be on the KTM satellite team, Tech3, and the first goal will be set: "I will be working for the rookie of the year"
This Sunday has a special meaning in the life and career of Miguel Ângelo Falcão de Oliveira, the South Bank pilot who, at the expense of a lot of commitment, courage and talent, has found the new north, aged 23: MotoGP next year, with 19 races starting on March 10 in Losail (Qatar). "The dream of a boy became a reality," he wrote last May in his Instagram account, sharing the signature of an unpublished contract signature. He will be the first Portuguese at the motorcycle, after Teixeira's Felisberto was two races (in 1998 and 2000), but as a guest.
Being a global champion of Moto2, one year after finishing third, Oliveira competes for Tech3, a team that will trade Yamaha for the KTM and serve as a satellite of the factory.
The first of the "Red" KTM "school" to reach the top
After making five terms in the lower class and three in the middle, from 2015 Miguel Oliveira's career took the current course, such as the Red Bull KTM driver. This year, he was second at Moto3, with six races winning, and now he reaches the highest level, after five wins and another second in Moto2. "Coming to MotoGP is a source of pride and happiness. The way I get even more worthy, as I have shown to be an excellent driver I have passed, is in evolution of & # 39 ; The Rookies Cup to Moto2. I am very grateful for the opportunity that KTM gave me, "said Miguel Oliveira, unique to THE GAME. He is the first team and team to reach the top and Pit Beirer, director of KTM Motorsports, says: "It's a bit of great emotional weight for us, testing everything we said about build a structure in the paddock and the chance to come from Red Bull's Red Ribbon Cup and finish at MotoGP. I'm pleased to be able to give Miguel an opportunity. "
The advantages and disadvantages of the biggest career blames
During the first year of MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira will have less weight than most, becoming a well-known "school". Its aim, in addition, is removed. "This will be my first year, so I'm going to work to win a rookie title a year. I have to adapt to many things, such as electronics, engine power, tires and how & # 39 ; The team works, "says Almadense, who will be in favor of two more facts:
– The 126 places that restored in 16 Moto2 races [ver quadro], a quality test that even won Rossi's praise: "There was no race where I did not score points, it's fast, getting everything under control."
"You'll work with one of the wise engineers, Guy Coulon.
KTM MotoGP's biggest youth-related difficulties, which left the team at a minimum moderate ninth – "I hope Zarco and I can contribute to KTM, to develop" , he tells us Oliveira – and difficulties in the first year. From current present, Márquez, Rossi Lorenzo and Pedrosa swept in the first year, but their first team was made. So, and take the exceptions that were in Dovizioso and Zarco, the story [ver quadro] tells us that the rookies … are out of the top 10.
Guy Coulon is the virtuoso of mechanics
The first is Red Bull KTM Tech3 for hours, although only in tests, but, facing working with Guy Coulon, Miguel Oliveira was enthusiastic. "I'm happy to be able to learn from it, not only because it has worked with big names, but also because it has done so with a number of war cyclists, so I can Believe it will be an asset to me. " AND GAME. Your expectation, it should be noted, it is not strange.
The 63-year-old French engineer is the founder and co-owner of Tech3 – along with Hervé Poncharal and Bernard Martignac – and is seen as a master-gow type. He will be a "godfather" of Oliveira, who has a high reputation, as a result of working with Johann Zarco and Yamaha of Tech3 in the last two terms – those who occupy the sixth place, which is the best of the private. He is considered a virtuous mechanism, Coulon is an autodydact who has become an orchestra leader, is able to read all the score and direction, leadership and empowerment of different instrumentalists: pilots and technicians or specialized engineers in machines, seats, suspensions or tires. "This is how the person who remembers Dr. Emmett" Doc "Brown, described the great and incredible scientist in the film" Back to the Future "in an article in "Le Monde." When asked to comment on these awards, Coulon was just like himself: "Experience is fundamental because after work session pilots go to the main mechanic and & # 39 ; n The mechanic must have a great synthesis power and make things fast. "
After tomorrow and Wednesday, the Portuguese will be holding the first MotoGP test in Valencia, with the last 28th and last 29th in Jerez, the last chance this year, before three new series in February. "I have not yet been on the bike, my focus will be on the adjustment," he said, anticipating an experience that will be new to everyone, as Tech3 and Coulon will also meet KTM.