On January 4th, 1995, was born in Pragal, Almada, the first Portuguese to participate in the Motorcycling World Championship on a full time basis. Miguel Oliveira is currently the national athlete of his age bracket with more media visibility in Portugal and abroad. He is the founder of a pioneering pedagogical project in Portugal - the Oliveira Cup, a motorcycle School Trophy, with his mentoring, directed to young people from 10 to 14 years old, which aims to find his "successor” - and has a preponderant role preparing young talents channeled from Oliveira Cup to step into in the “National Velocity Championship”, under the Miguel Oliveira Fan Club Racing Team seal. At the sime time, he attends the integrated master's in dentistry, making him an example of determination and commitment to all young people.
His first sportive successes came in 2005, when he won the MiniGP Portuguese championship and Metrakit World Festival in Spain, against 192 riders from 14 nations.
The Portuguese retained the title in 2006 and finished 2nd in Calypso Cup, having also won all the races of the Andalusian Championship. In 2007 rose of category and won the Mediterranean Pre-gp125 championship.
In 2008 Oliveira participated in several championships with sporadic appearances where he has excelled in Red Bull Rookies with two consecutive victories in three stakes.
In 2009 he was third in the CEV (Spanish National Championship) and 5th ranked in the europe championship. By 2010 Oliveira was winning 5 of 7 calendar events to finish 2nd only by two points short of its rival Maverick Viñales also taking the runner-up position in Europe, before his debut in the World Cup in 2011.
After a turbulent 2011, Oliveira returned full time in 2012 with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team on board a Suter Honda, where he scored two podiums on his way to eighth in the championship.
In 2013 he joined Efrén Vázquez at Mahindra Racing and made headlines by grabbing the Indian manufacturer’s first ever podium, in Malaysia. In 2014 remained on the Mahindra, notching another podium at Assen, before being recruited by Red Bull KTM Ajo for 2015.
In 2015, he started his season with KTM in the Ajo Motorsport team and recorded six wins, three 2nd places and one pole position, thus ensuring the title of vice-world champion making a thunderous recovery that surprised everybody, finishing at just six points away from the scepter.
In 2016, he ascended to the Moto2 category, joining the Leopard Racing team, along with Moto3 world champion in title Danny Kent. The season was marked by some adversities, namely a broken collarbone, which cost him 4 Grand Prix.
In 2017, he was invited to re-integrate the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, having finished the World Championship in 3rd position, only 2 points behind 2nd place. In the debut year for the team in Moto2, Miguel Oliveira had a remarkable season, with 3 victories, 9 podium presences and 2 pole positions, which represent another milestone for his career and for the sport in his home country.
In early 2018, he was elected Sportsman of the Year, in the Male Athlete category, by the Sport Confederation of Portugal, as well as named Global Ambassador for the Integrity and Transparency of Sport by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA).
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