29 July 2015
Moto3: Oliveira: Kent's had it easy so far
'Danny Kent, who is the series leader, has had things very easy, and we have to complicate life a little for him' - Miguel Oliveira.
Red Bull KTM Ajo's Miguel Oliveira says Moto3 title leader Danny Kent has 'had it easy' in the championship so far and has vowed to try and make life more difficult for the British rider after the summer break.
Oliveira hasn't conceded defeat in the title race even though the Portuguese rider suffered a serious setback to his hopes at the Sachsenring.
He came off on the opening day of free practice, fracturing the fourth metacarpal on his left hand and has dropped to 88 points behind Kent in the standings, holding third place overall, 22 points behind Ena Bastianini.
The Assen winner has had the best part of three weeks to recover from the injury over the summer break as the next race looms large on the horizon at Indianapolis next weekend.
And although he admits the level of competition in Moto3 is higher than ever, Oliveira says Kent has been gifted an easy championship advantage.
“We are riding very fast, with faster times than last year. Danny Kent, who is the series leader, has had things very easy, and we have to complicate life a little for him,” Oliveira said.
Asked if the title was still within his reach, he added: “Yes of course. This is racing and, until it is mathematically possible, I will continue working with my team thinking about this,” he said.
“It is true that we have lacked a little luck in some races, but I think we were at a good level in many Grands Prix and we have nine races in which we will again fight at the highest level.
“Every day I'm feeling better. At the moment I'm doing a recovery plan that allows me to gain movement in my hand and finger strength. With the fracture I had, it's a little early to think about getting in optimal condition for Indy, but I'm working hard every day so that I can approach the race as fit as possible,” he added.
“I would be happy with a season in which I fight for the title until the end, giving everything. If I don't win, then at least it will be because the winner has had a brilliant season.”
Oliveira feels the first half of his season was defined by a lack of luck but overall is positive with his performances, which saw the Red Bull rider seal victories at Mugello and Assen.
“I think it has been a first half of the season in which we started very strongly but did not finish the races,” Oliveira said.
“We lacked a little luck, as finishing the first two races we would be much higher up in the standings. The overall analysis is very positive. We have two wins from the last three races and I think that is what counts.
“To first win at Mugello, then in Assen was great, and the bike is always giving maximum performance. I got pole position in Argentina, where I started well but finished fourth.
“Then we went back to Europe with a podium at Jerez, and then we had bad luck at Le Mans and then the victory at Mugello, a fifth place in Catalonia and another victory at Assen.
“Since we have returned to Europe we have been very competitive, always finishing in the top five.”
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