The skies looked grim as MotoGP returned to Indonesia after a 25-year-long hiatus. The rain gods had the perfect recipe to commemorate the newly built Mandalika circuit. The heavy downpour resulted in the race getting shortened to 20 laps from the original 27 laps. KTM’s Miguel Oliveira was the star of the show as he clinched a momentous victory after starting his race from the seventh position on the grid.
Oliveira’s Victory Run
Fabio Quartararo, the reigning world champion managed to lock in second position after starting from the pole position in the race grid. Oliveira made his intentions clear from the start of the race itself as he propelled to P2 from his original P7. Quartararo was struggling a bit to find his original pace as Oliveira and Jack Miller managed to pass him on lap 2. After this point, it was just Miller and Oliveira battling it out for the top spot as the duo left all the riders wondering behind.
Thanks to a brilliant overtake, Oliveira managed to get pass Miller on Lap 6. The KTM factory rider was in a different league altogether as he kept on increasing the distance between himself and his peers with each passing lap. Quartararo soon got his magic back and started lapping faster than before and it wasn’t long before the current world champion started proving to be a threat to Oliveira. Oliveira didn’t hold himself back and retaliated back to secure himself a comfortable victory. At the end of the race, Fabio managed to bag second position in the drama-filled race. Zarco of Pramac Ducati showcased his skills as well because the Frenchman took the third position with an increment of 3.15 seconds from the winner.
Not a good day at office for Marc
Unfortunately, Marc Marquez couldn’t make it to the final race as he was declared unfit, following his brutal high-side during the warm-up at Turn 7. It is being reported that he will return to Spain as he has suffered from a head concussion. This is what the man himself had to say about his crash – “What can I say? It has not been our weekend, we have struggled and had problems from the start. It was a really big crash in Warm Up this morning, maybe one of the biggest I have had. I went to the local hospital and while there were no serious problems – it was decided that I should not race. It’s of course a shame, but the best decision.”
Talking about the current standings, Enea Bastianini is leading the pack with 30 points under his belt. KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder is a close second with 28 points.