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Jack Miller relieved to see the chequered flag

Monday, 31 May 2021

The Aussie retains fourth in the championship.

The Italian Grand Prix had traditionally been a challenging track for the Ducati Lenovo Team rider, Jack Miller. However, the Australian finished the weekend with 10 points and remained fourth in the World Championship standings.

After qualifying in fifth place, Miller was able to hold onto his position through the race's early stages. The immediate pressure came from the two Suzuki riders, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, who eventually both got past.

“In the race, I struggled with the wind and I felt I was forcing things a little bit at the beginning, and I needed to take a lap or two to slow down and gather myself to see what I could do,” Miller said.

“I dropped a couple of spots and probably lost too much time at the beginning and my pace picked up the longer it went, but the guys in front were just a bit too quick for me today. To be honest, my main goal was leaving here with some points, and while that sounds like a strange thing to say when you've won the previous two races, I was actually quite content with sixth because I felt on the limit a few times and had a couple of moments.”

Miller went on to finish sixth, with his teammate Francesco Bagnaia not finishing the race.

After the race, Miller reflected on the tragic passing of Moto3™ rider Jason Dupasquier; "What we've experienced today is a tragedy, there's no doubt about it. A young life has been lost and someone's son, someone's brother, has been taken away far too early. My heartfelt condolences go out to Jason's family, because for a mother and father to see that happen, it's just terrible."

The next event for MotoGP™ will be the Catalan GP next weekend from June 4th-6th.