Australia’s Jack Miller says an issue on the second lap of the Czech GP cost him places before he recovered to secure a top-10 finish in Brno.
Miller, who started from P14 on the grid, made a late charge to finish in ninth place, passing Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro on the final lap.
The Pramac Ducati rider was the team’s sole representative in Sunday’s race after Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia broke his right tibia in a practice crash.
“I had a good start,” Miller said. “During the second lap in the second corner I had I big shake and I lost the brakes, but I was still able to recover some positions and finish ninth.
“It’s a shame because my pace was good, and I was fast. But I remain positive and we will do our best next week.”
The race was won by KTM rookie Brad Binder, who sensationally clinched both his and the manufacturer’s maiden MotoGP™ victory.
Binder crossed the line ahead of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia), while factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci were further back in 11th and 12th respectively.
MotoGP™ returns next weekend at the Austrian GP on 14-16 August, the first of two consecutive races to be held at the Red Bull Ring.