The Portuguese rider struggled at first of 2021, because the RC16 didn’t take to each other with Michelin’s typically softer entrance tyre allocation within the early rounds.
Failing to crack a prime 10 from the primary 5 races, a brand new chassis reworked Oliveira’s fortunes final week at Mugello as he scored second earlier than happening to take his third profession MotoGP victory final Sunday at Barcelona.
Now making development up the championship order, sitting 61 factors behind chief Fabio Quartararo, Oliveira admits his current type makes it “tempting” to start to consider the championship.
Nonetheless, he says it’s nonetheless too early within the season to start to assume like this and is concentrated now on merely constructing on his current upturn in type.
“I imply, it’s fairly early I feel to speak about title hopes or something like that,” he mentioned.
“We acquired a very dangerous begin to the championship and that put us actually on the underside of the standings.
“And now we’re build up outcomes.
“It’s fairly tempting to assume [with] back-to-back podiums and me transferring up so shortly within the standings, it’s fairly tempting to consider that [the championship].
“However I simply choose to give attention to each weekend, attempt to do the utmost weekend and produce dwelling essentially the most factors as potential in each race.
“Ultimately, we’ll see the place we find yourself, however proper now that is the principle focus.”
Miguel Oliveira, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing MotoGP
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Oliveira says “key” to his run to victory was the interval from lap two to 11 of Sunday’s 24-lap race the place he led for the primary time and was capable of handle his arduous entrance and rear tyres.
Nonetheless, he admits the ultimate laps – the place he got here below strain from Pramac’s Johann Zarco – “had been actually arduous” to only keep on the bike as his rubber ultimately pale.
“From my perspective it was arduous to grasp what was happening behind me,” he mentioned of his race.
“I knew at first there was a few switches on the place.
“I acquired this little hole that I used to be comfy, and I could possibly be mild with the tyres, do my strains and never make any errors.
“And I feel that was the important thing to have the ability to end.
“Was fairly arduous for everybody I assume, however for me it was additional arduous as a result of I had a tough entrance tyre and the final eight laps had been actually arduous for me to remain on the bike and never crash.”