In an interview with the Portuguese TV network, Miguel Oliveira talked about the split with KTM. Oliveira is not dissatisfied with the treatment he received, but the differences in certain opinions were great. "I wouldn't say that KTM behaved badly towards me at all.
We simply had different ways of thinking. The restructuring of the team went hand in hand with the will to have a rider other than me there. These differences naturally made us distance ourselves and we did not have a future together.
Not that the door wasn't open because they really wanted me to stay and ride for the GASGAS, which is basically a KTM painted red. The idea was to bring back the GASGAS brand and have a pair of Iberian riders, because the brand is Iberian.
They wanted a Spanish rider and a Portuguese rider, but I wasn't very keen on the idea. I honestly believe that there are times in our lives when we need a change. There are some trains that only pass once, and you need to take those opportunities.
I was very keen to have that change and to get out of my comfort zone."- he said, as quoted by crash.net
Miguel Oliveira and his ambitions: World Champion
KTM was an ideal opportunity for him to show his qualities. In a way, he succeeded.
However, his ambitions were much bigger and he believes that it is time to end. Oliveira wants to be on the throne. We will see if the new team can offer him what he wants.
"KTM gave me a lot of comfort for my sporting career.
I had the next four years of my life guaranteed. But deep down I knew that wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to experience new opportunities and actually be World Champion, which I believe will happen soon."