Miguel Oliviera got the better of everyone else, snatching a victory on wet conditions in Mandalika International Street Circuit.


Mandalika International Street Circuit had successfully held the Grand Prix on March 22, 2022. The race, however, was nearly canceled due to torrential rain. After over an hour delay and a series of rain shaman rituals, the organizer decided to get the race back on.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Miguel Oliviera conquered the wet conditions and came out as the victor of the first Pertamina Grand Prix. Representing the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, the reigning World Champion Fabio Quartararo finished second. And on the third podium stood the Pramac Racing rider Johann Zarco. Meanwhile, eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez missed the race after suffering a huge highside in the warmup session.

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Race Overview
Oliviera started on P7, and yet he managed to snatch P2 in Lap 1. Jack Miller from Ducati Lenovo Team also made a lightning start as he swiftly grabbed P3 from P6. Early in Lap 2, both Miller and Oliviera rode past the race leader Quartararo to take the lead. Miller, known to be one of the best riders in wet conditions, stole P1 from Oliviera in Lap 2.

Now in P3, Quartararo was accompanied by Alex Rins from Team Suzuki Ecstar, Johann Zarco and Rins's teammate Joan Mir. Rins and Zarco later carved their way through Quartararo, but they have a gap of 2.4s with Miller and Oliviera.

Oliviera managed to retake the lead from Miller at Turn 12 on Lap 6, and he maintained the lead until the end of the race.

With 12 more laps to go, Oliviera extended his lead to 1.6s from the second rider Jack Miller. In 3rd, there was Rins, Zarco in 4th, and Quartararo was in 5th.

Heading into the second half of the race, Zarco was the fastest rider on track, and he stole P3 from Rins. Miller was not too far ahead of Zarco, but Oliviera had a lead of 3.5s. While all of that was happening, Quartararo was starting to regain his composure. El Diablo was back to P3 with five laps to go.

In Lap 16, Quartararo somehow managed to overtake both Zarco and Miller to claim P2. And in Lap 17, Zarco got the better of Miller and stole P3. Quartararo slashed Oliviera's lead for a moment, but the Portuguese was just too far away.

At the end of the race, Oliviera was 2.2s ahead of Quartararo, who finished 2nd. Zarco was 0.9s behind El Diablo, and Miller was 2.5s behind Zarco.

Miguel Oliviera finished the race with a record of 33 minutes and 27.2230 seconds.

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