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Oliveira Comes Through Again For Mahindra Racing
Posted by: newsla on Aug 11, 2014 - 06:16 AM
Oliveira Comes Through Again For Mahindra Racing

Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira produced a trademark through-the-pack performance at Indianapolis today, forging through from 18th on the starting grid to join the battle with a big leading group, finally claiming seventh, only 1.3 seconds behind the winner.


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It was a repeat of his earlier form – when he rode from 19th to fourth in Italy, and 13th to third at Assen. Once again, he picked off riders one or two at a time in the early laps to put himself into contention.

The Moto3™ race was the first of the day at the Indianapolis GP, run over 23 laps of the 4.17km infield circuit at the iconic Indy ‘Brickyard’ oval; and a typical thriller for the closest and most competitive class of the MotoGP series.

Towards the closing stages there were a pack of ten disputing the lead, with riders entering corners three or four abreast, scrapping to the finish line marked by the famous Yard of Bricks.

Portuguese teenager Oliveira – who combines the study of medicine with a fast-developing racing career – had steadily picked his way up from his mid-field start to join the group, and gain places within it. Oliveira’s combination of determination and skill combined with the technical prowess of the Mahindra MGP3O meant he finished far more strongly than he had qualified.

Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder, also riding a Mahindra, finished ninth, putting two of the only Indian machines in racing in the top ten.

Second Mahindra rider Arthur Sissis (19, from Australia) had a less satisfying weekend. He qualified 23rd and his own attempt to move forward was foiled by a collision with another rider, dropping him further and spoiling his pace. He finished 21st.

The Mahindra team is back in action next Sunday at the next race, the Czech Republic GP at Brno.

Miguel Oliveira – Seventh Place

“Qualifying was a bit hard – I was just a second off the fastest time, but it is so close in Moto3. The race was tough, but I was with another rider Alexis Masbou who had a very good pace, and I was able to go with him to catch the front group. The last laps were pretty hard, the tyres had gone and it was difficult to keep a fast pace. We made some setting changes in practice to improve the braking, and that helped me defend myself to the end.”

Arthur Sissis – 21st Place

“A bad race – though I got a good start. Then I was mixed up with a rider who I could pass in the back section then he would slipstream past on the straight again. So I tried to pass him into the first corner and I collided with him and lost a whole lot of positions.”

Mufaddal Choonia – CEO, Mahindra Racing

“Once again Miguel showed how he makes it possible to come from so far down the grid and finish almost in the top positions. I believe we really need to work hard on our qualifying performance. With the obvious pace of Miguel and the MGP3O we are missing opportunities of regular top-three podium results because of starting the races so far back. All the same, considering what Miguel did today, I’ll take seventh place.”

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