Miguel Oliveira

MotoGP 2023: for Miguel Oliveira we know why it gets stuck but not yet where it is going

Miguel Oliveira managed in Germany to be the star of a non-event at a press conference announced with great fanfare on Thursday, on the Sachsenring. The agenda was the future and after almost half an hour of palaver, it emerged that the Portuguese would not be in the official KTM team in 2023. A no-brainer after signing a two-year contract with Jack Miller, while Brad Binder has a lease until 2024. Everyone was expecting the news of an installation at Gresini Ducati. But for various reasons, nothing has filtered on the subject. And for good reason, there are still many obstacles…

where will go Miguel Oliveira in 2023? The question also applies to many of his colleagues who are all the more eyeing the same places as him as they are the only ones available in the paddock… But with this press conference for nothing, the quadruple MotoGP winner with KTM drew attention to himself. It will be recalled that he is managed by his father Paulo, who opened up in the columns of Speedweek on what looks like an imbroglio.

First, there was, according to our own paddock sources, a recall of KTM on the fact that Miguel Oliveira could not embark on the revelation of his future alone, because of his contract with the brand which prohibits him from highlighting another manufacturer. Which would have been the case with an announcement mentioning Gresini Or other. So we had to backtrack. But let’s go back to the beginning: what happened that Miguel Oliveira planning to leave KTM ? His father and manager says: we negotiated with KTM in Argentina, it was about the option to continue with KTM “, said Paulo Oliveira. ” Miguel’s goal was to stay with Red Bull KTM for four more years, almost for the rest of his life.. But in the end it was not possible “.

In May we received the proposal that Miguel return to Tech3 he adds. “However, we felt that Miguel deserved his place in the Red Bull factory team thanks to his results, not only in MotoGP but also thanks to his past successes in Moto3 and Moto2. “. And he specifies this assessment which will not make everyone smile… “ Coming back to Tech3 is like a level descent. Miguel cannot accept this. I think it’s time to stop at KTM “.

Still, the Portuguese clan does not close the door: “ we are still studying this option because we have a very good relationship with Pit Beirer and Stefan Pierer. The last six years with KTM have been great, they have resulted in many achievements “. We therefore keep the option KTM up his sleeve whileAleix Espargaro revealed in Germany that Aprilia was negotiating with Oliveira. Which gives us two leads.

Miguel Oliveira 2023: “ we also spoke to Alberto Puig from Repsol-Honda

And the third which we thought was the first and which is that of Gresini Ducati ? Well, there is a concern and not the least. It is reported by Autosport: the main obstacle is financial. In effect, Ducati doesn’t want to pay Oliveira’s salary, because the 27-year-old driver does not correspond to the current philosophy of the Italian brand to promote young talents. At this pitfall, Paulo Oliveira respond : ” Miguel doesn’t run for the money. It is important to reward pilot skill, of course. But money is the least important part of this business here “.

Finally, there is also the Hyundai problem… It is a personal sponsor of Miguel Oliveira and Ducati, which is part of the Audi group, finds it hard to see this mark appearing on the suit of a pilot riding one of his Desmosedici. Conversely, one of the supporters of Gresini is the Portuguese brand OLI, specialized in cooking. In short, we are not yet out of the sand among the Lusitanians… “ We have to discuss and then see what we have in hand. And finally, it’s the pilot who decides in which direction we go, not me Said Paulo Oliveira. ” I make different suggestions and then Miguel decides what’s best for him and what he’s going to do. I can only recommend it » ends the good father who slips: « we also spoke to Alberto Puig from Repsol-Honda » …

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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