The first season for Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto2 finished in the best way possible at the Valencia GP, as Miguel Oliveira took a third consecutive victory in the race.
Unlike his two previous victories, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit Miguel Oliveira had to fight his way through the field. At the start of the race, the Portuguese rider joined teammate Brad Binder and another rider in pursuit of first-placed Franco Morbidelli, progressing to second place in 10 laps. Despite the gap of 1.8 seconds between he and the Italian, Miguel Oliveira upped his pace to catch and overtake him with 6 laps remaining, capping the season with a win.
Miguel Oliveira, who will continue representing Red Bull KTM Ajo in the Moto2 World Championship next season, finished 2017 with 3rd place overall -241 points. Post-season testing at the end of KTM’s first campaign in Moto2 kicks off on Thursday at Jerez.
#44 Miguel Oliveira
“It was a dream final Grand Prix. I came to this race in Valencia with the sole intention of having fun and we achieved that; I am very happy with this result. We would never have imagined that we could put together a run of three consecutive victories. I cannot thank the team and KTM enough for all the effort they have made throughout the season. It has been a very good season for us and I’m sure that next year we can do even better and fight for the title -which should be the goal”.
1. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 40:18.480
2. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) +2.154
3. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +4.181
4. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) +11.181
5. Alex Marquez (Kalex) +12.146
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2017
1. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) 308 points
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 243 points
3. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 241 points
4. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 201 points
5. Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) 174 points