Australian Jack Miller has recovered from a horror start at the Thai MotoGP™ in Buriram, claiming important points in the Independent Team rider standings.
The Aussie had set himself up for another strong race result, qualifying P6, and demonstrated consistent pace throughout the weekend.
But a mistake saw Miller stall his Pramac Racing Ducati on the grid, the Aussie frantically running his bike into pit lane before the start of the race.
Fortunately, Miller was able to start the race, though at a major disadvantage as he exited pit lane and found himself nearly 14 seconds behind race leader Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) after the first lap.
The focused Australian settled into a rhythm and managed to charge through the back of the field, a penultimate-lap overtake on Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) meant he would finish in 14th place.
“It was my fault. There’s no excuse,” Miller said of his pre-race incident. “I inadvertently turned off the bike and was forced to enter the pit lane.
“It’s a shame because we had done a great job over the weekend and we had the race pace to stay in the top five. We’ll try again in Japan.”
The race was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who sealed his sixth premier class title, followed closely by Quartararo and Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha).
Miller returns to the track at the Japanese Grand Prix on 18-20 October, before heading home to race at the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.
INDEPENDENT TEAM RIDER STANDINGS
1. Fabio QUARTARARO (143 points)
2. Jack MILLER (119)
3. Cal CRUTCHLOW (102)
4. Franco MORBIDELLI (90)
5. Takaaki NAKAGAMI (74)