MotoGP Valencia: Oliveira completes Moto2 win hat-trick

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Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira completed a Moto2 win hat-track at the Valencia MotoGP round, adding the win in Spain to the two he grabbed at Phillip Island and Sepang, passing champion Franco Morbidelli with five laps left and immediately opening a gap.

In his usual style, the Portugese rider had to wait until his fuel load reduced and at half-distance was able to open the taps and cut Morbidelli’s two-second gap until he was able to make a pass, with a little nudge, at turn four and pull away.

Oliveira was visibly superior in sector four with much better edge and drive grip, and there was nothing Morbidelli could do about it as he was dropped by a second in two laps to cross the line 2.1s behind the KTM man.

Former Moto3 world champion Brad Binder took his third podium place in a row, bagging third place ahead of Peca Bagnaia. Poleman Alex Marquez ran out of grip very early on and came home in fifth place.

Tarran Mackenzie finished his final Moto2 race in 24th while Jake Dixon didn’t start after his big crash yesterday.

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