Miguel Praia

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Miguel Praia
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Nationality Portuguese
Born (1978-03-02) 2 March 1978 (age 39)
Portalegre, Portugal
Motorcycle racing career statistics
250cc World Championship
Active years 2003
Manufacturers Yamaha
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0
Superbike World Championship
Active years 20042005
Manufacturers Ducati, Yamaha
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
40 0 0 0 0 11
Supersport World Championship
Active years 20062013, 2015
Manufacturers Honda
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
80 0 0 0 0 177

Miguel Praia (born 2 March 1978) is a retired Portuguese motorcycle racer. He now works on the broadcast team for MotoGP in Portugal.

Career[edit]

Portuguese championships[edit]

Praia was born in Portalegre, Portugal. His first race was in 1994 at the age of 16 in a Yamaha TZR50. In 1997 he rode a full championship for the first time, finishing 3rd overall riding a Yamaha TZR125.

After the death of his Brother Alberto Praia, he stopped racing, but later in 1999 he came back into the racing world with a Yamaha TZ125 for the Portuguese 125GP championship, having finished it in 6th place. Was considered the Best Rookie.[citation needed]

The year 2000 revealed a good year in the newly started Aprilia Challenge 125cc, with Miguel Praia ending most races in 1st place and setting lap records along the way, but a juries' decision at the last round, made him end the trophy in 2nd position.

In the following year, 2001, he decided to upscale into the 600cc category. Ended up in 8th position in Troféu Honda CBR600RR.

After a not-so-good entry in a supersport class, 2002 was a breakout year as he got full dedicated to motorcycle racing and set the best results ever.[citation needed] New lap records were set in most rounds, and as a result he became the champion of Troféu Honda CBR600RR 2002.

In 2003 the history repeated, and he took home again the champion's title for Troféu Honda CBR600RR. This year marked a change in his career with the decision of embracing a new and harder challenge: a world class championship.

Although he was already racing in Superbike World Championship, in 2005 at the end of the Portuguese Stocksport 1000 championship, decided to give it a try, and managed to win the last 2 races, on a Honda CBR1000RR he had never ridden.

European championships[edit]

In an attempt to get more and better experience from an international competition, in 2002 and 2003 Miguel Praia raced in European Supersport Championship, being always the best Portuguese racer.

World championships[edit]

By invitation of the Portuguese Government, Miguel Praia went racing in the Macau Grand Prix in 2002 and in 2003 finishing in 5th on the first year, and in 4th on the following. Also in 2003 he entered the Portuguese round of the MotoGP 250cc championship as a wildcard and finished 22nd.

The year 2004 was his starting point in full World class championships. He joined team NCR Ducati in the Superbike World Championship together with his teammate Garry McCoy. Being the number 2 in the team and a newcomer into the Superbikes world the championship did not go in the best direction, and what should have been a learning year in a Ducati 999RS and then a Ducati 998RS, became very disappointing one. He finished the championship in 30th place, but still was considered the Best Rookie.[citation needed]

New year, new team and a new motorcycle to learn from. A fresh start at DFX Extreme team with a Yamaha R1 in 2005, gave Praia a better introduction and stable learning ground and a lot of improvements in lap times came from this. Although with a lot of newcomers from other world championships into the Superbikes class, the results at the end of the championship seemed worst: 34th place.

He decided to give it a try at a lower class in 2006, the Supersport World Championship, but this time with a newcomer Portuguese team: Parkalgar Racing Team. Once again, the motorcycle changed. It was now time for Honda CBR600RR. Besides great expectations, the team was experiencing some problems in getting the right setups for the machine, and the year did not go so well any either. Praia had to abandon some races due to mechanical failures and ended up not learning as much as needed, retiring from the championship.

2007 became a learning year in the Supersport world class with Praia getting best lap times compared with the previous year' ones. But some new rivals from Superbikes and other world championships came into play, and although the races results were better, the final score in the table did not seemed to reveal that, he finished 34th.

New year comes and along new changes. In 2008 the Parkalgar Racing Team secured Factory Honda support and new Honda CBR600RR better shaped then the previous year's ones. The pre-season tests at Almería (Circuito de Almería) (in January) brought new and good expectations for the team, with Craig Jones (Praia's teammate) setting new lap record for this track and Miguel Praia going only less-than-a-second behind.

Career highlights[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
2003 250cc Yamaha JPN RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR
22
BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL NC 0

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2004 Ducati SPA
13
SPA
19
AUS
16
AUS
Ret
SMR
DNQ
SMR
DNQ
ITA
Ret
ITA
Ret
GER
17
GER
Ret
GBR
14
GBR
Ret
USA
DNS
USA
Ret
EUR
Ret
EUR
15
NED
Ret
NED
16
ITA
Ret
ITA
21
FRA
18
FRA
14
30th 8
2005 Yamaha QAT
20
QAT
18
AUS
16
AUS
14
SPA
Ret
SPA
Ret
ITA
23
ITA
Ret
EUR
15
EUR
Ret
SMR
18
SMR
16
CZE
23
CZE
21
GBR
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
21
NED
19
GER
16
GER
18
ITA ITA FRA FRA 34th 3

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
2006 Honda QAT AUS SPA
20
ITA
19
EUR
23
SMR
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR
27
NED
18
GER
18
ITA
Ret
FRA
16
NC 0
2007 Honda QAT
19
AUS
24
EUR
20
SPA
21
NED
Ret
ITA
21
GBR
11
SMR
21
CZE
Ret
GBR
21
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
34th 5
2008 Honda QAT
13
AUS
21
SPA
15
NED
17
ITA
Ret
GER
13
SMR
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
EUR
Ret
ITA
13
FRA
Ret
POR
12
25th 14
2009 Honda AUS
Ret
QAT
12
SPA
18
NED
Ret
ITA
12
RSA
16
USA
12
SMR
10
GBR
Ret
CZE
Ret
GER
11
ITA
9
FRA
12
POR
10
15th 40
2010 Honda AUS
9
POR
Ret
SPA
12
NED
10
ITA
10
RSA
10
USA
14
SMR
9
CZE
7
GBR
6
GER
13
ITA
Ret
FRA
10
12th 66
2011 Honda AUS
Ret
EUR
11
NED
8
ITA
Ret
SMR
12
SPA
9
CZE
Ret
GBR
8
GER
Ret
ITA
8
FRA
13
POR
8
13th 51
2012 Honda AUS ITA NED ITA EUR SMR SPA CZE GBR RUS GER
16
POR
17
FRA
22
NC 0
2013 Honda AUS SPA NED ITA GBR POR
20
ITA RUS GBR GER TUR FRA SPA NC 0
2015 Honda AUS THA SPA NED ITA GBR POR
15
ITA MAL SPA FRA QAT 37th 1

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