Australia’s Jack Miller heads into the MotoGP™ mid-season break as the leading independent team rider after achieving his best result in five visits to the Sachsenring.
Miller started from the second row, making an immediate impact of the line and edged himself into third by the first corner.
A gamble on a soft rear tyre choice left the Australian uncertain of his grip as the race progressed, but Miller remained in contention for a top-5 finish, battling with fellow Ducati riders Danillo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso until the chequered flag.
The Australian was cautious in the dying stages of the race, deciding to take a strong points finish rather than risking it all on an attempt to take fourth.
“I spent the back half of the race in a fight that had Danilo (Petrucci) and ‘Dovi’ (Andrea Dovizioso),” Miller said. “When you’re fighting with two other guys on Ducatis … it’s like going to a gunfight, but not being allowed to use your gun.
“I didn’t want to do anything silly, so I tried to keep my nose clean as best I could. You’re fighting your instincts, because the last thing you want to do is screw up another Ducati rider’s race. I had a few opportunities to pass but I didn’t take them.”
Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez continued his dominance in Germany, winning his 10th consecutive race at Sachsenring. Monster Energy Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales finished P2, with injured LCR Honda Castrol rider Cal Crutchlow rounding out the top three.
The Pramac Racing rider now leads the independent team classification by three points, ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Cal Crutchlow.
Miller will return to racing after the mid-season break at the Czech Grand Prix, 2-4 August 2019.