Jack Miller has taken a small victory after a difficult race in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Australian was looking to produce another strong 2019 result, having officially secured a seat with Pramac Racing for the 2020 season.
Miller qualified on the front row of the grid in P3 but struggled off the line, falling back to P7 where he was unable to close the gap on the leading riders.
A big incident on the first corner of the opening lap saw Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso both unable to continue racing.
"I lost positions at the start of the race due to the accident between Fabio and Dovi," said Miller.
"I tried to recover but I couldn’t get a good pace.
"The rear tyre didn’t help me.
"We took important points for the independent classification."
An amazing last-corner dive secured Alex Rins (Suzuki) the race win ahead of Marc Marquez (Honda) by a mere 0.013 seconds, with Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) finishing third.
Miller finished in P8 after being passed by Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) in the dying stages, though the result was good enough to wrestle the lead in the Independent Team rider standings from Quartararo.
The Australian returns to racing next at Misano on 13-15 September.
INDEPENDENT TEAM RIDER STANDINGS
1. Jack MILLER (94 points)
2. Fabio QUARTARARO (92)
3. Cal CRUTCHLOW (88)
4. Franco MORBIDELLI (69)
5. Takaaki NAKAGAMI (62)