Australian Jack Miller says he is gaining in confidence after surviving a chaotic MotoGP™ race at the Catalan GP.
The Pramac Racing rider finished fifth in Barcelona – his fourth top-five result of the season – after a tumultuous qualifying session saw him start from 14th on the grid.
Miller made an immediate impact off the line, gaining seven places on the opening lap.
The Australian was further aided when Repsol Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo crashed ahead of him, taking out Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
Miller navigated his way through the drama and briefly moved up to P3 before falling behind Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) and Alex Rins (Suzuki).
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) won the race to extend his Championship lead, with Quartararo and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) completing the podium.
The P5 result is Miller’s strongest in the premier class at the Circuit de Catalunya, his previous best being 10th place.
“I got off to a good start and fought with the front group for the whole race,” Miller said.
“The feeling with the bike was very good even though we couldn’t get the tyres to work as well as we could.
“I felt I had good pace all weekend, but I could never get a lap together. To do it on race day and finish fifth, really nice to show that although we didn’t have the one-lap pace, we’d worked really hard to get used tyres to work.
“This is a good result, but I want to do better at Assen.”
Miller returns to racing at the Dutch GP on 28-30 June in Assen, home to his famous maiden MotoGP™ victory in 2016.