Jack Miller has rued a mistake that cost the Australian a potential podium finish at the Austrian GP.
After taking third place at the Czech GP last weekend, and with rumours circulating of Honda Repsol rider Jorge Lorenzo potentially taking his Pramac Racing seat for 2020, Miller was looking to remind MotoGP™ what he was capable of at the Red Bull Ring.
Miller, who qualified P8, started strongly off the line and worked his way through traffic to stick with the lead pack after Turn 1.
An early duel between championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) allowed French rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) to seize the race lead temporarily.
Miller comfortably slotted into fourth place while the two veterans ran down Quartararo.
Tasked with applying more pressure to Quartararo, and with Valentino Rossi hot on his tail, Miller tested the limit of his machinery and lost grip on his front tyre on Lap 8, crashing out of the race.
“I’m disappointed because if I’m to be honest, I felt like I had the podium in my hand. I tried to attack Quartararo and the feeling was very positive.” Miller said,
“Unfortunately, I made a mistake and my race was over. It’s a shame because we did a great job this weekend and for that I thank my team.”
Dovizioso won the race with a thrilling last-ditch pass of Marquez, while Quartararo completed the podium.
The retirement marks Miller’s first non-points scoring weekend since the Italian GP in June, moving the Australian down one place in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings to eighth.
Miller returns to racing at Silverstone on 23-25 August.