25-27 October
Phillip Island

Miller rues loose seat in Qatar

Jack Miller Qatar 2019 MotoGP

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.

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