Oliveira: Marquez absence made more MotoGP riders feel they can win

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Miguel Oliveira believes the absence of reigning champion Marc Marquez has made more riders think they can win races in the 2020 MotoGP season
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Honda rider Marquez will be out for at least another two months after breaking his right arm in a crash during the Spanish Grand Prix, while stress damage to the titanium plate fitted to the bone in his Andalusian GP comeback attempt necessitated a second operation.

So far in 2020, there have been three new winners in Petronas SRT's Fabio Quartararo and KTM duo Brad Binder and Oliveira, while Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso has taken the other victory this year.

In addition, the likes of Franco Morbidelli, Joan Mir, Alex Rins, Pol Espargaro and Jack Miller have all mounted serious challenges for victory in the opening five rounds.

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