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Miguel Oliveira storms to second place at Italian GP

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Portuguese rider excels in Mugello as Binder also secures a top-five finish.

Miguel Oliveira secured a first podium of the season for Red Bull KTM at the Mugello circuit as team-mate Brad Binder also produced a strong performance to finish in fifth. Here is all you need to know:

– Starting from seventh on the grid, Oliveira charged through the field, overtaking Johann Zarco with eight laps remaining to take second place.

– The Portuguese rider was unable to challenge Fabio Quartararo at the front of the field, with the Frenchman easily securing his third win of the season.

– Oliveira held off the challenge of Joan Mir to claim second, with Pramac Ducati rider Zarco finishing in fourth and moving up to second in the championship standings.

– South African Binder – competing at the track for the first time in the premier class – secured fifth place, while Ducati rider Jack Miller had to settle for sixth after his back-to-back wins in Spain and France.

– KTM Tech 3 rider Danilo Petrucci also finished inside the top-10 as he took ninth, with team-mate Iker Lecuona securing 11th place.

– Repsol Honda’s Pol Espargaró was one place further back in 12th, while LCR Honda rider Álex Márquez finished in 14th place.

– In just his fourth race back after a long-term injury, Spain’s Marc Márquez crashed out on the second lap after making contact with Binder. Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami also failed to finish after running wide with three laps remaining.

– Following the race, several drivers paid tribute to Swiss teenager and Moto3 racer Jason Dupasquier who died from injuries sustained in a crash in Saturday’s second qualifying session at the circuit.

– Oliveira said: “Our thoughts are definitely with Jason’s family right now. I just wish this sport could not be so cruel, but it’s what we love to do, it’s our passion and I wish all the best to his family.”

Italian GP
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Italian GP
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Italian Grand Prix result
1. Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 41:16.344
2. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM +2.592
3. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki +3.000
4. Johann Zarco FRA Ducati +3.535
5. Brad Binder RSA RedBull KTM +4.903

2021 MotoGP standings after round 6 of 19
1. Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 105 points
2. Johann Zarco FRA Ducati 81
3. Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 79
4. Jack Miller AUS Ducati 74
5. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki 65

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