Miguel Oliveira will start Sunday’s German Moto Grand Prix from the front row of the grid — the fourth time in the Mahindra MGP3O’s debut season that he has claimed a top-three qualifying position.
The Portuguese teenager is placed third, two short of his maiden pole position two weeks ago at Assen, but his third front-row start in succession.
Teammate Efren Vazquez qualified seventh, heading the third row, but frustrated that another rider had baulked his last-lap effort to claim his first front-row of the year. The Spaniard finished Friday’s first day of free practice third overall, proving his potential as he regains strength after earlier injury.
Mahindra is the only Indian factory team in international motorcycle racing. The MGP3O was designed and built in only six months, and has proved not only reliable from the start, but as highly competitive, even in its first prototype form.
Sunday’s race is the eighth of the 17 rounds in the Moto3 World Championship. Oliveira currently is a close sixth overall, with Vuez on 13 — after missing two rounds through injury.
“We changed some settings overnight, mainly at the rear, and the modifications are working well. I am not completely happy with my rhythm, but I could do a good lap. The race tomorrow will be difficult as always, especially the last laps. There are a lot of left-hand corners here and tyre life will be an issue,” said Oliveira.
Vuez said, “I’m not happy. I think I could have made the front row but on the last lap I was caught up with the mistake of another rider. On the fast corner he closed the door on me and I lost a little time. He did not ride in the correct way. But I think we can still do a good race.”