MotoGP in Portugal: “People talk, they don’t know what they are talking about but they talk anyway and I think it’s good”
Miguel Oliveira is one of the main Portuguese athletes with greater international visibility. In an interview the rider gave to motogp.com, the #88 faced the possibility of having superstar status or being considered a national hero by fans and the Portuguese population.
In Oliveira’s eyes, the recognition he has from the general public is a consequence of his work. The #88 also indicates that MotoGP takes on a “different meaning in Portugal” and that today there are more people following the sport.
‘It’s not that I don’t feel comfortable but I don’t see myself as a superstar or a popular person but for sure I’ve taken a place among the fans and most Portuguese people a place of very high recognition, and people appreciate me for carrying the flag in the championship and really being up there. It’s not a bad thing but it’s a consequence of what we do and finally having this popularity, I also feel a bit privileged to be the only one to share this support. Portuguese fans are amazing. Over the years I’ve seen the community grow and grow and MotoGP in Portugal takes on a different meaning and people talk about it more and more which is quite nice but also leads to misunderstandings and really fun discussions on social networks. It’s part of things and I don’t see it as a bad thing. People talk, they don’t know what they’re talking about but talk anyway and I think it’s good’, said the KTM rider in an interview that took place when MotoGP was at Sachsenring.