Oliveira wins Portugal’s maiden MotoGP pole

For the first time ever, Portugal has a MotoGP polesitter.

Of course, the man to do it was Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) as the home hero produced an outstanding final lap in Q2 at the Grande Premio MEO de Portugal to secure a memorable MotoGP pole – his first.

His 1:38.892 lap record was enough to see him beat Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) by 0.044 seconds in a rip-roaring final qualifying session of the season.

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) is on the front row in P3 but Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) starts from P20, a disaster from the newly-crowned World Champion.

Miguel Oliveira

Portuguese GP Qualifying Results

1 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1m38.892s
2 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 0.044s
3 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 0.146s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.264s
5 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 0.307s
6 Stefan Bradl Honda 0.312s
7 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati 0.346s
8 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.368s
9 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.392s
10 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.575s
11 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 0.639s
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.695s
13 Brad Binder KTM 0.498s
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0.870s
15 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1.127s
16 Alex Marquez Honda 1.157s
17 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.166s
18 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1.199s
19 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1.282s
20 Joan Mir Suzuki 1.398s
21 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1.535s
22 Mika Kallio Tech3 KTM 2.861s