The KTM driver crashed five laps from the end of the race, when he was in fourth place, ahead of new world champion, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha).

“I'm sad that I didn't finish this race, with the chances we had of finishing in the top 5, or even on the podium. But I was happy with my race. In the end it was difficult to control the bike at some points and the crash happened because of that. But we left there happy and with our heads held high for Portimão”, said the Portuguese driver at the end.

All eyes on the Algarve

Now all eyes are firmly focuses on the Algarve with the race taking place from 5 until 7 November, where Miguel Oliveira hopes to return to the top positions, after having experienced some problems over the past two months following a fracture to his right wrist.

“Physically, I'm back to normal. But it's a good sign to be up there in practice, to find some rapport between me and the bike. I hope we can keep it up next season,” he said.

However, the rider from Almada said that now, “the bike is different from April [the 2021 Portugal GP held on 18 April] and November last year [when he celebrated his victory at the Portugal GP in 2020]".

“We have to understand our difficulties. I look forward to a good weekend, with spectators in the stands. I hope to finish the race and in one of the first places”, he concluded.

The MotoGP Algarve GP takes place from 5 until 7 November, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão.