Miguel Oliveira (RNF Aprilia) was in 19th place in the free practice session that took place this Friday, March 24th, and missed direct access to MotoGP Q2 of the Portuguese Grand Prix, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão . The session was marked by the massive fall of Pol Espargaró (GasGas) who had to be transported to the Hospital de Faro.
Portugal's Miguel Oliveira, who also crashed, finished the session with the best time of 1.39,794 minutes, 1,249 seconds behind KTM's Jack Miller.
With the 19th place, which results from the two free practice sessions, the Portuguese driver missed direct access to Q2.
Miguel Oliveira will have to run, tomorrow, the first qualifying phase of the GP of Portugal in MotoGP to fight for access to Q2.
Today's free trials had to be interrupted twice: once due to a power outage and another due to the fall of Pol Espargaró.
The Spanish pilot was transported to the Hospital de Faro and it is already known that he suffered a “severe polytrauma of the spine”.
Ángel Charte, medical director of the MotoGP World Championship, explained, in statements to the “Dazn” platform, that Espargaró had “a high-energy crash with a major polytraumatic injury”.
Moreover, despite the fact that the pilot did not lose consciousness, it will be necessary to "do tests to find out the extent of the injuries".