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Miller an outside chance for the title heading into Phillip Island

Monday, 3 October 2022

The Aussie is still in contention.

Jack Miller is in the form of his life heading into his home race in under two weeks’ time.

The Australian secured his seventh podium of the season at the Thai Grand Prix and at some stages even looked on course for two wins in a row.


After only qualifying in seventh due to a mechanical issue with his bike, expectations were high for the race after the track was drenched with torrential rain.

Following several delays for the race start, Miller had an exceptional start and took the lead by only lap three.

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Miguel Oliveira was also enjoying the wet conditions and overtook the Aussie in the second part of the race.

Although Miller was never far away from Oliveira for the race win, the Portuguese rider was simply too strong in the last two sectors.

Oliveira went on the win the race, followed by Miller and Francesco Bagnaia in third.

"With these conditions, the race felt really long, and in addition to managing my pace, I also had to be very careful not to make any mistakes,” Miller said.

“When Oliveira passed me, I kept pushing hard to catch and pass him. I wanted to try on the last lap, but I made a small mistake with four corners to go, and he was really strong in the last sector.

“Anyway, I am happy to be on the podium again: the bike is working better and better, and the team is doing an incredible job. In addition, Pecco is now only 2 points behind the leader in the standings, and the fight for the title is getting more and more open.

“It was a really good day for the whole team, and I would be thrilled if we could bring the title back to Bologna.

“Now I can't wait to finally return home to race in front of my family in Phillip Island."

Amazingly, Miller has cut down his deficit in the championship standings to only 40 points behind Fabio Quartararo, meaning the Aussie is still an outside chance for the title.

Next up will the Miller’s home race at Phillip Island where there will be sure to be massive local support given his strong form of late.

The Australian Grand Prix commences from October 14-16 at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.