Oliveira, Syahrin eager to restart at Brno

Oliveira wants to put 'bittersweet' Sachsenring behind him, Syahrin fighting for grand prix future...
Oliveira, Syahrin eager to restart at Brno

Miguel Oliveira is looking to repeat the pace shown in the German MotoGP, but without the early fall, as the summer break comes to an end at Brno this weekend.

Meanwhile Tech3 KTM team-mate Hafizh Syahrin will be fighting for his grand prix future after the recent announcement that Brad Binder is to take over his seat in 2020.

Rookie Oliveira, already confirmed as remaining at the French team next season, starts the second half of the season holding 18th in the world championship with a best finish of tenth.

But his pace after rejoining the action following the Sachsenring fall suggests he could well have exceeded that result.

"We left Sachsenring with a bitter taste, but definitely we did one of our best races this year with a very good pace, but unfortunately I crashed," Oliveira said.

"After the summer break, we are looking to keep the same level of speed and consistency that we showed in Germany and just do a better second half of the season, starting already with a good result in Brno, which is a track that I like.

"KTM has a lot of information there from testing, so I hope we can take advantage from this and start already stronger on Friday."

Meanwhile, Syahrin now has ten races with which to secure a grand prix ride for 2020. His chances of remaining in the premier-class are remote, but the Malaysian should be of interest to top Moto2 teams (including potentially Tech3).

"We want to give the best possibilities to Miguel and also Hafizh, who at the moment has an uncertain future due to the official announcement that we will have Brad Binder with us next year," said team boss Herve Poncharal.

Syahrin, who scored 46 points as a rookie on a Tech3 Yamaha last year, currently has just three points to his name.

"I’m looking forward to the second half of the season," he said. "After the summer break I feel really good and fit, as I was training a lot in order to attack the remaining 10 races in a strong way.

"I try to keep pushing as always and aim to understand the bike better than during the first half and I’ll always strike for more. Of course, it won’t be easy, but I keep my head down, give my best and keep working hard with the team.”