Moto GP: Mahindra Moto 3 driver Miguel Oliveira finishes fourth in Dutch Grand Prix

Updated: 29 June 2013 20:21 IST

The result helped Oliveira to move closer to the fifth spot overall, where he is now just three points adrift and also improved Mahindra's chances to secure third position in the constructors' championship.

Assen, Netherlands:

Mahindra driver Miguel Oliveira missed out on a podium finish after completing fourth at the Dutch Grand Prix in the Moto 3 category of the MotoGP championship, here on Saturday.

Oliveira, who started from pole position, finished just 0.096 seconds from third and 0.378 behind the leader.

The Portuguese teenager, had the consolation of the lap record at the classic circuit, scored on lap 12 of the 22-lap, 99.924-km Dutch TT.

His Spanish team-mate Efren Vazquez was 12th, playing a strong role in a ten-strong group going back and forth for a possible ninth place.

The result helped Oliveira to move closer to the fifth spot overall, where he is now just three points adrift and also improved Mahindra's chances to secure third position in the constructors' championship.

"It was a really difficult race, as I expected, and the wind played a hard hand as well. I was losing in the second sector. I had to work hard to recover that every lap under brakes and in the corners.

"I tried to attack in the last lap but I couldn't quite reach the podium. But it is coming really close. What is really important is the bike improves race by race, and I am also feeling better. We need to keep it this way," Oliveira said after the race.

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