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Feedback on the Portuguese GP: explanations from the MotoGP riders

Portuguese GP - Feedback on the Portuguese GP: MotoGP riders' explanations -

Riders explain themselves after the last Grand Prix of the MotoGP 2020 season at the circuit of Portimao, Portugal.

  • Portuguese GP 2020 :
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  • Season 2021

Miguel Oliveira, winner

"It’s unreal! You dream of these kinds of races and to finally be able to do it is amazing, I have no words. I thank all the people and all the fans who couldn’t be here today. Thank you to my team, it’s a great way to say goodbye to Tech3 by giving them this feat. My family didn’t get to see my first live win so it’s great that they’re here. is an incredible and very moving day to end the season in style and with a strong performance like the one today ".

Jack Miller, 2nd

"I cannot thank the Pramac Racing team enough. For me it was a family, they made me grow as a driver and as a man. This podium is for them and for all the work they have. done with me ".

Franco Morbidelli, 3rd

“I really enjoyed today’s race. This track is incredible, very difficult but very pleasant to drive. We made the right tire choice and I was impressed with the pace we were able to maintain. Miguel had something extra today and we couldn’t keep up with him, so I gave everything to try and get out of the pack, even though Jack stayed with me. He was able to attack at the end and I could not retaliate. Congratulations to him and Miguel. I am happy to finish second in the championship, to be vice-world champion in MotoGP is something great. Of course I dream of more than that, but I I will always remember it. I want to say a big thank you to my team for helping me reach this goal. I will work now to improve and we will see what next season brings me. ".

Pol Espargaro, 4th

“It wasn’t one of my best races, but we have to be very happy with the end result this year. It’s amazing to be tied for fourth in the championship ahead of many other factory bikes, and to see a KTM take three wins this season. I’m proud to have won five podiums and two pole positions. I’m really proud of what we’ve done together. In a way it’s sad to say "bye bye ", but I think giving KTM their best end to the championship is the best way to do it".

Takaaki Nakagami, 5th

“First of all I want to thank my team because this season has been quite difficult with almost no rest, but my team is preparing the bike and it is always perfect. I appreciate every member of the team, so thanks to them! I thank all of my sponsors for their support and I want to thank Cal again as this was his last race with the LCR Honda team. Cal has been a great teammate over my three years and I want to wish him the better for the future. Today it was difficult to find a strategy during the race from 11th place, but I got off to a good start and was really strong from the start. It was a big fight during the race. race and at the end I had some good lap times and we got another fifth place which I’m really happy with. Overall with my performance this season compared to last season we have taken a big step forward So I would like to thank my team again for their hard work. rne this year. We are already thinking about next season. I think we can make further progress and I hope we can fight for the championship. That’s my goal … See you next year! "

Andrea Dovizioso, 6th

“It really wasn’t an easy race starting from twelfth place, but I’m happy because we managed to come back well and finish ahead of some of our direct rivals in the championship with fourth overall. was my last race with Ducati … In the last four years we have been able to do something amazing and I never thought I would be so happy to see the joy that our results have created for our fans! is the magic of our sport and I am happy to have lived it! After these eight seasons, there have been great relationships within my team and I will surely miss it! "

Stefan Bradl, 7th

"I really enjoyed this weekend, I was able to show that I still had the speed and the motivation to compete for the first places in the world championship. It was difficult at the beginning when we got on the bike, but we got stronger and we worked better with the Repsol Honda Team in every race. I’m very satisfied. It was a good race with a lot of fights at the front. In Valencia we weren’t so good placed, but we showed that we have this potential and now in the last race I was able to prove it. I want to thank the whole Repsol Honda team and the HRC. We have a great relationship and I am very happy to continue working with them. We have been very busy with the races and the tests this season, but I was able to handle all the commitments and that helped to make us stronger. It was a difficult year for everyone and I thank all those who made it possible ".

Aleix Espargaro, 8th

"It was a great race, but I’m still angry because it could have been even better with better qualifying. Starting from behind forced me to ride in the peloton and I succeeded because the RS-GP was very competitive today. In the last few races we were able to find consistency and performance, so I want this to be our starting point to build a top-level 2021 season. I will be on the track again tomorrow in Jerez to prepare for next season, despite the fatigue of three weekends in a row. It shows my determination and that of Aprilia to finally achieve the results we deserve! "

Alex Marquez, 9th

“It was a tough race with a lot of brawls against experienced drivers. We fought with Mir in the first lap, then Valentino, then Fabio. We were able to learn a lot from these experienced drivers by uncovering some secrets. The start penalized us again as our pace was good enough to aim for fourth place, but we came back well. Congratulations also to Arenas and Enea for the Moto3 and Moto2 world championships after two very fierce races. Looking back, good sure there are things we could have done to improve and get results sooner. I usually start slower in most categories but never give up and we do get there. we had two podiums this year, which was only a dream before the start of the season. One was in special conditions, but the Aragon podium was the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, we were unable to clinch the title of "Rookie of the Year" due to our ambition in Aragon and Valencia, but we remain very satisfied with what we did in the second half. Thank you to everyone who made this year possible, from Dorna and our sponsors to the fans at home and around the world. I would have liked to have them on the track, but it was not possible and I hope we were able to put on a good show for them this year. It was a very difficult year for everyone ".

Johann Zarco, 10th

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Maverick Viñales, 11th

“I had a lot of fun in the race today, I enjoyed fighting with Fabio and the others. I wish I had done two more laps because I also wanted to overtake Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez, but the race was too much short. It was fun. The layout of this track gives the possibility of overtaking in many corners. I liked attacking and passing riders, it was cool. Although I’m not happy with the position today ‘hh, I had a lot of fun on the bike and had a good pace even when I was riding alone. It’s important to have finished the season with positive feelings. ".

Valentino Rossi, 12th

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Cal Crutchlow, 13th

“First of all, I want to say thank you to my team for the last six years. We had some amazing times. This year obviously didn’t go as planned, but it was good to end it in the team with which I spent the most time in my career … I gave everything this weekend, but unfortunately the rear tire did not allow me to continue to attack at this rate. to have finished the race, the season and my full-time career, as per the decision I made earlier in the year and with which I am happy. Now I can’t wait to look into the distance. I will always be tester next year, but I can’t wait to see MotoGP racing in the years to come. It’s going to be exciting, I’m going to let these youngsters take the reins and I wish them the best. ".

Fabio Quartararo, 14th

Alex Rins, 15th

"Today’s race was a bit difficult and I felt I had made the wrong tire choice. I struggled from the start with the hard rear tire and at the start I was able to get closer to the riders in front of me, but then lap after lap I was losing grip and started pulling back. In the end, I’m happy with my job this year. Despite my injury and a few crashes, I have when even managed to finish third in the championship. I’m really motivated to start next season! "

Danilo Petrucci, 16th

“I would have liked to have ended my adventure at Ducati with a better result, but unfortunately today it was a difficult race. I would like to thank all the people who work at Ducati and first of all my team, because during these six seasons on the Desmosedici I have been able to achieve several successes and two victories in MotoGP! I am happy to have been part of Ducati during these six years of my career ".

Mika Kallio, 17th

“Coming back to racing was particularly tough physically but I managed to do it so I’m happy with it. I have to admit that before the weekend I thought I could do a little better, but in the end that was the most I could do. Somehow I’m still quite happy that I was able to do the laps fairly evenly and repeat the same things, the same speed, the same times at the same time. lap and no mistakes. It was really important so I’m happy with it. ".

Brad Binder, abandonment

“My rookie year is coming to an end and we managed to win the ‘Rookie’ of the year award, which was a goal at the start of the season. I got off to a good start, but in the second lap two drivers got had contact and had to widen. Coming back, I had a good aspi in the straight line but I entered turn 1 too hard and unfortunately that was enough to lose the front. It’s a shame because we had the pace to do a good job. It was a difficult but fantastic season, with some really high highs and very low lows! I think all of this will allow me to become a stronger rider next season. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone. We have a competitive package for sure ".

Joan Mir, abandonment

"I didn’t get to do a lot of laps today, but the ones I did I really enjoyed them! I want to apologize to Pecco because of the contact we had, I’m sorry for him . After this contact I started having problems with the electronics of the bike and couldn’t finish the race. We will definitely find this problem and work on it in the future. It is a pity not to I couldn’t have got a good result today. I wanted to finish on a good note, but of course I’m still so happy to have won the title and to be able to party tonight with the team and Alex, who finishes third in the standings ".

Pecco Bagnaia, abandonment

"This is not how I would have wanted to finish my last race with Pramac Racing, but it is like this … It was a complicated year, but together we made it through and we also pulled it off satisfaction. I want to thank the whole team for the work they have done and for the way they have made me feel over the years. If I grew up as a pilot, it is surely thanks to them".

Portuguese GP 2020 results (MotoGP final race)

  1. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 41’48.163
  2. Jack MILLER Ducati +3.193
  3. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +3.298
  4. Pol ESPARGARO KTM +12.626
  5. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +13.318
  6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +15.578
  7. Stefan BRADL Honda +15.738
  8. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +16.034
  9. Alex MARQUEZ Honda +18.325
  10. Johann ZARCO Ducati +18.596
  11. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +18.685
  12. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +18.946
  13. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +19.159
  14. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +24.376
  15. Alex RINS Suzuki +27.776
  16. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +34.266
  17. Mika KALLIO KTM +48.410
  18. Tito RABAT Ducati +48.411

Not classified

  • Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 3 Tours
  • Joan MIR Suzuki 10 Tours
  • Brad BINDER KTM 23 Laps
  • Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 0 Lap

MotoGP riders general classification 2020 

  1. Joan MIR Suzuki 171
  2. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 158
  3. Alex RINS Suzuki 139
  4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 135
  5. Pol ESPARGARO KTM 135
  6. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 132
  7. Jack MILLER Ducati 132
  8. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 127
  9. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 125
  10. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 116
  11. Brad BINDER KTM 87
  12. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 78
  13. Johann ZARCO Ducati 77
  14. Alex MARQUEZ Honda 74
  15. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 66
  16. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 47
  17. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 42
  18. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 32
  19. Stefan BRADL Honda 27
  20. Iker LECUONA KTM 27
  21. Bradley SMITH Aprilia 12
  22. Tito RABAT Ducati 10
  23. Michele PIRRO Ducati 4

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