Miguel Oliveira, set to miss the remainder of the 2023 MotoGP season due to injury, will now also have a long lap penalty to serve on his return.
Miguel Oliveira, a Portuguese MotoGP rider, collided with fellow Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro and Ducati’s Enea Bastianini on the opening lap of the Saturday Sprint race in Qatar. Oliveira suffered a broken right shoulder blade, while Espargaro sustained a small fracture at the top of the left fibula but was able to continue racing. The incident was under investigation, and the FIM Stewards have now given Oliveira a Long Lap Penalty for his next Grand Prix race. However, since Oliveira is unlikely to return until 2024, he will most likely serve the penalty in the opening round of next season in Qatar. Oliveira expressed his disappointment and said that his season has come to an end.