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Oliveira takes shock MotoGP win

Madrid, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- Miguel Oliveira (KTM) bagged the first Portuguese victory in Sunday’s Styrian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg ahead of Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) and Spaniard Pol Espargaró (KTM).

Joan Mir (Suzuki) surprised everyone at lights out — particularly Pol Espargaró, the best in the practice sessions — but went wide at Turn 1 allowing Miller to come through and lead the race with Japanese racer Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) in third.

Starting from the pitlanes, French rider Johann Zarco managed to climb up to 14th by the end of the race.

Miller was able to hold off the pack despite a shoulder issue from a crash in training.

Mir overtook the Australian on Turn 5, setting a fastest lap.

The Suzuki rider continued to consolidate his position with a two second lead over Miller and Nakagami, who were battling for second place.

In the 16th lap Maverick Viñales, who had brake issues on his bike, suffered a bad crash on Turn 1 prompting a red flag.

Mir got the race back underway in first but Miller was in his slipstream and Pol Espargaró moved up into third ahead of Oliveira and South African Brad Binder (KTM).

Miller was able to take first-place shortly after the restart, taking advantage of his new soft tyres. Mir had stuck with intermediates.

Pol Espargaró was able to overtake Mir to set his eyes on the Australian leader.

With less than six laps to go, Pol Espargaró overtook Jack Miller at Turn 9 but five riders were in contention for victory with Miguel Oliveira, Joan Mir and Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici) behind them.

Oliveira managed an overtake on the last lap, leaving Miller and Espargaró in second and third, while Mir took fourth.EFE-EPA

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