Miguel Oliveira, winner of the 2022 Thai Grand Prix on wet terrain, was hoping for a good result on his return to Buriram this weekend, having never ridden an Aprilia RS-GP. But the Portuguese driver had a poor weekend, and he left the track with the same number of points as he had when he arrived a few days earlier.
With the difficulties he faced on his machine, Oliveira tried to find the right feeling all weekend. On a relatively short track, where a few tenths can make the difference between pole and fourth, he found himself trailing in the standings. Only 20th in qualifying, he was hoping to get back into the race to finish in the points.
After moving from twentieth to seventeenth on the first lap, the Portuguese was unable to defend his chances for long. A breakdown in his Aprilia, in the seventh of 26 laps, forced him to return to the pits earlier than expected.
“I had to retire due to a technical problem early in the race. At first I was trying to control the rear tyre, and I knew the race was going to be long and difficult, both physically and on the tyres, so I managed to make the best of it. But in the end I had to To stop the raceSorry. It’s something we need to analyze, but I can’t wait to reset the clock and do better. »
Teammate Raul Fernandez finished 15th in Thailand, scoring the only point for the CryptoDATA Aprilia RNF team this weekend.
Thailand: Espargaro punished and loses 4 places!