This weekend SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championship riders were at Mugello in Italy for the sixth round of the championship.
In Moto3 Miguel Oliveira had a day to remember, as he became the first Portuguese rider to ever win a motorcycle Grand Prix. Starting from 11th on the grid, Oliveira was involved in an incredible battle for the lead with a number of other riders. Going into the last corner the SHARK-man was still leading and held the advantage to the chequered flag, taking his first win in a world championship race.
In Moto2 Johann Zarco continued his successful season placing second in Sunday’s race after a battle with race winner Tito Rabat. Zarco still leads the overall championship standings with 109 points. After qualifying on pole Sam Lowes crossed the line in fourth position and is also fourth in the championship standings – 42 points behind Zarco.
MotoGP saw Scott Redding battle to a hard fought 11th place finish. An aggressive first lap saw him move into the early fight for the top-ten from 17th on the grid, but his hard work was undone after running wide and dropping down to 19th. Getting his rhythm back Redding managed to move his way back up and took the chequered flag in 11th.
The next round of the championship, the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya takes place 12-14 June in Spain.
Meanwhile the Isle of Man TT races got underway on Saturday with the first practice session taking place, although was later stopped due to weather conditions. SHARK’s Ryan Farquhar topped the time sheets as well as setting his fastest ever Lightweight class time in less than perfect conditions. Practice for the TT races continues this week with the first race taking place on Saturday 6 June.
« I am very happy with this first victory in the World Championship. I cannot believe it – I had tears in my eyes after crossing the finish line. It was a very difficult race because at first the front group broke away. I was able to catch them and then I decided to escape. I was not sure that they would, but in the end the tyres held up well and in the final sector I regained the lead and kept on the throttle to the finish line, which was very far! I want to thank the whole team because it’s been amazing. We worked hard for this and we deserve it. Also thank you to my father, because it was he who instilled a passion for motorcycles in me and I would not be here without him. Becoming the first Portuguese rider to win a Grand Prix is an honour and a privilege. I hope that the fans enjoyed it and that I can give them many more. Thank you to everyone. »