Australia’s Jack Miller remains in the hunt for the 2020 MotoGP™ title despite a tough outing at the San Marino GP.
The Pramac Ducati rider, who started from fifth on the grid – the best of the rest after Yamaha completed a top-four qualifying lockout, finished the race at Misano in eighth place.
Miller’s teammate Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia secured his first MotoGP™ podium, charging through the field to finish second despite being on crutches in the garage.
Miller crossed the line in P9 but gained a spot after Takaaki Nakagami exceeded track limits on the last lap.
“I understood from probably Lap 5 that I was going to struggle later on with the tyres, and on Lap 7 I switched the mapping to try to conserve to have something left at the end to fight with,” Miller said on his official website.
“Didn’t work, though. I suffered a lot with the rear tyre and then the front tyre on the left-hand side. Maybe in hindsight I was using too much angle.
“I tried to manage as best I could, but by the end I was really having to control the speed in the changes of direction.
“I used the medium front and the soft rear (tyres), and maybe I need to trust my instincts with what tyres are working for me in the future and listen to myself more when we choose what I race with.”
Miller added: “So not a great race for me, but we had a fairly crazy top three that nobody would have predicted again, and we live to fight another day.”
“There’s never a dull moment this year, that’s for sure,” Miller said.
“It feels like a championship anyone can win at the moment because of the inconsistency.”
Miller has a second chance at Misano this weekend, at the race which will be known as the Emilia Romagna GP, on 18-20 September.
2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Standings
- Andrea Dovizioso - 76
- Fabio Quartararo - 70
- Jack Miller - 64
- Joan Mir - 60
- Maverick Vinales - 58