“I am happy and obviously excited to be racing again. Jerez has always been a very special stage for me, as it is the closest to home,” said the Almada driver, in statements made by the Tech3 team.

Miguel Oliveira noted that this year’s event will be “extra special, as it marks the return to competition”, after the suspension motivated by the Covid-19 pandemic.“I am happy and very, very happy to see everyone together again and go back to work on a weekend that will be different, without fans on the stands and with many restrictions”, he stressed.

However, despite the limitations, the Portuguese rider promises to “do his best to make everyone proud”.

The boss of the Tech3 team, Frenchman Hervé Poncharal, was also satisfied with the return of the competition: “With so much that happened, however, it is like a dream, something that seemed impossible just three months ago”.

The fact that there are fewer races (17) and with little interval between them requires “different strategies”.

The Spanish Grand Prix will be the first of 17 races scheduled for 2020.