Australian Jack Miller has explained what caused his early retirement from the opening race of the MotoGP™ season in Qatar on Sunday.
The Pramac rider started from an impressive fourth position, the highest qualifier of any independent team, before a seat issue ended his race at the Losail International Circuit.
“It’s a real shame because we went very fast through the whole weekend and I was convinced that I could stay with the leading group until the end,” Miller said.
Miller’s troubles started from just Lap 2, when the 24-year-old had to stand up on his bike and remove a piece from his loose seat, quickly falling down from P2 to P11.
“Unfortunately, after the problem with the seat, I couldn’t control the bike in the corners, and it was impossible to keep on,” Miller said. “All things considered, the feeling is still positive, and I can’t wait to be in Argentina.”
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso took victory ahead of five-time MotoGP™ world champion Marc Marquez by just 0.023s, almost a mirror image of last year’s result. LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow rounded out the podium in third position.
MotoGP™ returns in a fortnight when the 2019 season arrives in Argentina for round two. The riders return to Phillip Island later in the year for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on 25-27 October.