It was as part of the Sunday Ride Classic held this weekend at the Paul Ricard circuit that Miguel Oliveira was invited by his equipment supplier Shark to take part in a series of questions and answers by the famous Jacques Hutteau.
The two men have known each other well since the Frenchman officiated for a long time in the paddock of the ELF tanker truck that supplied gasoline (and still supplies, after a brief interlude) the KTMs of which the Portuguese is still a few months old. one of the two official pilots.
But before this more than friendly meeting, Miguel Oliveira he had to arrive at the circuit and was inadvertently delayed as his plane had been delayed, while people waiting for him lined up under a blazing sun for a series of signings queuing up in the metal bleachers. liques …
As soon as he arrived, the young father spent a handful of minutes on the team Bader Benlekehal on the roof of the Nolan truck for an upcoming broadcast on the Highside show, and he finally joined the crowd waiting for him in front of the Shark truck.
There, it must be said, the Mattighofen representative had been able to motivate a large audience, albeit overwhelmed by the torrid Provencal heat that reigned that day. Jacques Hutteauwrithing like a cockroach, he had worked on his subject, and even with a voice that began to falter, he threw himself into a summary “not as short as that” of the 27-year-old pilot’s career.
This one, in a much more correct French than the English produced by most of our compatriots, humorously provided some precise details with the thread of the answers, ending by himself holding the numerous sheets prepared by the one who nicknamed ” Jacky H at Eurosport.
The journey began at the age of 3 by mimicry with his father, an endurance amateur pilot, goes through a first intellectual victory. “When I Kneeled on the Floor”.
The Estoril Grand Prix in 2005 Miguel Oliveira he attends as a spectator with his father sees the trio Barros-Rossi-Biaggi it marks the spirit of the young man who then tries to get autographs and decides to try to go his own way.
Arriving at the World Cup in 2011 with the Andalusian team, he moved to Estrella Galicia next doorAlex Rins next year. In 2013 and 2014 we see him in the Mahindra, an inefficient bike, which does not prevent him from keeping good memories of this period: “Two very happy years. Happy new year »awarded a first podium.
He joined the Ajo team in 2015 and achieved the first victory of a Portuguese driver in the world championship, in Mugello, before achieving 5 more successes to be runner-up, just 6 points from the world title. Switch to Moto2 the following year and then the first pole in 2016 in Argentina offered to KTM: “Oh? Too? (River)”.
3 wins in 2017, then 8 in 2018 allow him to reach MotoGP the following year, with “the Tech3 family”, as he calls it. Austria’s first victory in the last corner, followed by another at home at the end of the year. In 2021 he will see him win in Barcelona, like this year in Indonesia.
»You forgot something very important: I’ve been with Shark since 2012 and it’s also like a family to me. So it’s a great pleasure to be with you this Sunday to make autographs! »
The next Grand Prix will take place at the Sachsenring, a track that the “Falcão (hawk)” does not like. “Not much, but we have to go so we’ll go.”
Finally, the question asked by the public was asked several times, but the man who is believed to have signed with Gresini remained more British than Lusitanian …
“Yes, I’ll be on the MotoGP grid, with Shark and Ixon (general laughter)” the MotoGP rider responded after a moment’s hesitation before embarking on an autograph session for more than an hour.
Honestly, everyone had a great time and we even had the pleasure of seeing them Miguel Oliveira as we had never seen him in the Grand Prix paddock: relaxed, smiling, laughing and full of humor, even in French.
Therefore, we thank Shark Helmets for this successful animation and regret the recent injury that thisAlex Rins suffered in the right wrist prevented him from reaching the Sunday Ride Classic on behalf of Nolan, whose 50th birthday this year.