Australia’s Jack Miller was unable to secure a points-scoring finish at the Andalusia GP, in what is a shortened 2020 MotoGP™ season.
Miller, who qualified on the third row of the grid, started the race strongly, challenging for P2 until the relentless Jerez heat saw the Australian lose front tyre grip and crash out on Lap 15.
Pramac Racing rider Miller was one of eight riders unable to finish in the sweltering conditions, with teammate Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia encountering engine problems when a maiden podium looked all but guaranteed for the Italian.
Ducati’s trying weekend continued, with Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci also retiring from the race after a crash on Lap 14.
“I had problems overtaking the Yamaha,” said Miller, who finished last week's Spanish GP fourth.
“I tried to overtake Vinales when it wasn’t so fast.
“When I finally did, I had to push hard and unfortunately, I lost grip and I crashed.
"I can’t complain, I made a mistake, but we will come back to Brno stronger."
The race was won by Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo – his second consecutive MotoGP™ victory – followed by Vinales (Monster Yamaha) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha).
MotoGP™ next returns for the Czech MotoGP™, 7-9 August, to be held at the Brno.