Miguel Oliveira

First name: Miguel
Last name: Oliveira
Team: Red Bull KTM Ajo
Startnumber: 44
Nation: Portugal
Birthday: 04/01/1995
Height/Weight: 170 cm / 63 kg
Bike: KTM Moto2
Class: Moto2

Miguel Oliveira started his motorsport career in quads, before switching to two wheels at the age of nine. That year, Oliveira participated in the Portuguese MiniGP Championship, where he took a creditable fourth place. His performance was rewarded by the Portuguese Sports Confederation, who awarded him the Promise of Motorcycle Racing prize in 2004.

In the next three years, Miguel Oliveira began enjoy further success, with two Portuguese MiniGP Championships, two runners-up placings in the Trofeo Race Madrid and a win at the Metrakit World Festival. In 2007 he would take another prestigious victory: The Pre-125 Trofeo Mediterraneo. These achievements led him to compete in the 2008 Red Bull Rookies Cup -in which he won two races.

In 2009 and 2010 he competed in the Spanish Champuonship, with third and second overall in his two seasons there.

Oliveira made the leap to the 125cc World Championship in 2011. Over six years at Grand Prix level, his progress has been steady. He took his first podium at the Catalan Grand Prix in 2012, and the following year improved his consistency to place sixth overall -including a podium and the first pole position of his career at Assen (Holland).

After completing another good season in 2014 with a tenth place finish in the final standings and a further podium at the Dutch TT, the Portuguese joined Red Bull KTM Ajo for 2015. With the help of Team Manager Aki Ajo, he enjoyed his best season so far in the World Championship. After a difficult start, a podium finish at the Spanish GP was followed up two races later by him becoming the first Portuguese to win a World Championship race.

Oliveira made a historic comeback during the 2015 season to battle for the title at the final round of the season. Despite winning the race in Valencia, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider had to settle for the runner-up spot.

A move to Moto2 for 2016 saw him contest fourteen races, missing three through injury. He would place inside the top ten on three occasions.
Oliveira returns to Ajo Motorsport for 2017, to start a new and exciting project. Red Bull KTM Ajo lead KTM’s first ever appearance in the Moto2 class.

His previous year of experience in the class helped the Portuguese to claim good results from the beginning of the season, despite working with a totally new bike.  Red Bull KTM Ajo and Miguel Oliveira achieved their first podium in the intermediate class at the second race of the year in Argentina. Consistent progress and development of the KTM bike led to an excellent end to the season, with wins at the last three Grands Prix. In the end, these three wins and a further six podiums gave the Portuguese third place in the standings with 241 points.

  • First Grand Prix: 2011 Qatar GP (125cc)
  • First Grand Prix podium: 2012 Catalan GP – Second position (Moto3)
  • First Grand Prix win: 2015 Italian GP (Moto3)
  • Wins: 11 (6 in Moto3 and 5 in Moto2)
  • Podiums: 31 (13 in Moto3 and 18 in Moto2)
  • Pole positions: 4 (2 in Moto3 and 2 in Moto2)
  • Fastest laps: 10 (6 in Moto3 and 4 in Moto2)


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