Oliveira stormed to a maiden MotoGP pole on Saturday on the Algarve International Circuit, beating Franco Morbidelli by 0.044 seconds.
The Tech3 rider admits he may have “very strong opponents” to cope with in the beginning of the race, and on high of that tyre put on stays a serious unknown for the sector, main Oliveira to train warning in his predictions for Sunday’s race.
“I think it’s very hard to say because we never had the race here and to get away you need many things to go in your favour,” he stated when requested if he thinks he can dominate from pole. “For sure it’s a nice way to win, more relaxed. As I said before, in the beginning I feel we have very strong opponents.
“After 15 laps I don’t know what’s going to happen with the tyres. We need to be optimistic and confident, but not too much.”
When requested if racing at house even with out followers in attendance as a consequence of COVID-19 added stress, Oliveira stated: “No, I don’t see it as an extra pressure. For me, it’s a privilege to be able to race here, that’s it. I want to do good, I want to have fun.
“The fact that we race here in Portugal makes its special for me. I just have to enjoy it, that’s the way I see it.”
The Styrian Grand Prix winner’s race tempo in Saturday’s FP4 session was not excellent, however his FP2 race runs confirmed promise and he feels he may be constant on Sunday.
“Yes, I feel strong for sure and my pace is looking very promising for tomorrow,” he added. “It’s true that we have four tyre compounds to test at the same time as we needed to sort out the set-up of the bike.
“So, it’s not easy. And I think all of us are going to the race not knowing what is going to happen after 15 laps. But I’m relaxed. On top of the bike I feel very good, so I think I can be constant throughout the race.”