Red Bull-KTM had a lot of reasons to celebrate in Portugal: Miguel Oliveira won easily, Pol Espargaró secured fifth place in the drivers’ championship with fourth place. And Brad Binder won the Rookie of the Year award.
The KTM team with company boss Stefan Pierer, board member Hubert Trunkenpolz, motorsport director Pit Beirer and race manager Mike Leitner had a happy day today in Portimão together with the drivers and Tech3 team owner Hervé Poncharal, because Albert Arenas won the Moto3 class first the 314 world championship title for KTM, afterwards Lokamatador Miguel Oliveira triumphed for the second time this year in a MotoGP race. And Pol Espargaró finished the World Championship in his farewell race after four KTM years in fifth place, tied with World Championship fourth Andrea Dovizioso.
The victorious drive of Red Bull Tech3 KTM works driver Miguel Oliveira was particularly spectacular: after taking pole position, he drove an undisputed start / finish victory.
What a difference to the Portuguese’s first MotoGP triumph in Spielberg at the Styrian GP on August 23rd. There Oliveira only led the last 100 meters when Pol Espargaró and Miller got in each other’s way in the finish curve – and he slipped through cool inside.
Pit Beirer was speechless after Oliveira’s first place and Espargaró’s fourth place, he looked for words during an interview with Servus-TV. «Are we now fourth in the World Cup with Pol? Anyway, it was a terrific season and now to clinch the third MotoGP victory in 2020 here, on three tracks as different as Brno, Spielberg and Portimão and with two different drivers, that deserves recognition. “
Beirer continues: “I’m particularly happy for Miguel, because he is the driver who will stay with us next year and instead of Pol with Brad Binder will compete in the works team. We are looking for a new Team Captain for 2021, and I think Miguel has offered himself very strongly for this position today. I’m also happy for Hervé Poncharal, they have become an amazing team in just two years. “
When Pol Espargaró reported a World Championship rank among the top 5 or top 6 as the season’s goal in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com last winter, he was ridiculed by many opponents and journalists. But after the tough start to the season, the 29-year-old exceptional talent collected points particularly diligently in the last third of the season – and brilliantly achieved his target.
In addition: Red Bull KTM Factory defended 3rd place in the Team World Championship behind Suzuki Ecstar and Yamaha Petronas. The Ducati team was distanced by 9 points.
Marken WM: 1. Ducati 222. 2. Yamaha 204. 3. Suzuki 202. 4. KTM 200. 5. Honda 144. 6. Aprilia 51.
“I am particularly happy about Pol’s fifth place in the World Championship, it’s unbelievable,” sighed Pit Beirer. «In our fourth MotoGP season we finished fifth in the drivers’ championship. Actually, that is hard to believe. In addition, there is the Moto3 world championship title today. Today were brutal experiences for us. I now need a few hours to process these successes. Now we can go into the winter break motivated … »
All MotoGP winners 2020
Jerez-1: Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha)
Jerez-2: Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha)
Brünn: Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM)
Spielberg-1: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)
Spielberg-2: Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)
Misano-1: Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha)
Misano-2: Maverick Viñales (Monster Yamaha)
Catalunya: Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha)
Le Mans: Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team)
Aragón-1: Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar)
Aragón-2: Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha)
Valencia-1: Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar)
Valencia-2: Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha)
Portimão: Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3)