Silverstone: Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira missed a second top-three podium finish of the season by just five hundredths of a second at the British Grand Prix in Moto3 category of the MotoGP championship, here Sunday.
Oliveira, who finished fourth, was just 0.123 of a second behind race winner Alex Rins's Honda. They had left the rest of the pack trailing in their battle to the flag.
Oliveira was up to fifth by the mid-point of the race, with a group of more than 15 bikes jostling for position. On lap 11 of the 17-lap race he took the lead.
From there the elite of the smallest class battled over every inch of the 5.9-km Silverstone circuit, crossing the line all but four abreast.
Second official Mahindra team rider Andrea Migno had qualified 21st in his first GP with the team, but retired while running in the top 20 in the early stages after a minor spill.
"Emotions are difficult after a race like this, as I can't help but be very, very disappointed for me and the team to have missed out on the podium. However, it was a great race - a lot of fun. The bike was going well and we were right there, so I can be happy for that," Oliveira said.