Miller stays confident after Mugello mishap

Jack Miller Italian MotoGP on track

Australia’s Jack Miller remains upbeat about his performance despite crashing out at the Italian GP on Sunday.

Miller, who started from the second row of the grid, crashed with eight laps to go after earlier setting the fastest lap of the race.

The Pramac Ducati rider was part of an exciting battle in the leading group of five riders, with positions changing frequently.

The race was won by Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) completing the podium.

“It was a great race, I enjoyed it a lot,” Miller said. “There was a lot of fighting, I got really comfortable in the group just managing.

“There was 10 laps to go and Danilo was out front really trying to push the pace. Danilo was really pushing quite a lot, and they made a little gap to me.

“So I said, ‘OK, now they are going to start to push,’ because most of the race before we were just in tyre-saving mode.

“The next lap I did the fastest lap of the race to catch them up. (Alex) Rins had a big slide into Turn 4 and I braked a little harder in the first moments and released them earlier. But as I released them the front went. I tried to save it on my elbow but it was impossible.

“A heartbreaking end to a really strong race. We were fighting for the victory again so we can be happy about that but we were missing about eight laps.

“It was a great race, really happy for Ducati but I would have liked to have made it a 1-2-3 for Ducati today, it would have been nice.”

Miller returns to the track later this month at the Catalan GP on 14-16 June.

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