News 18 Jul 2016

Miller leads again in frantic German Grand Prix

Australian rues missed podium chance after pitting too late.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller experienced leading a MotoGP race again at Sachsenring’s German Grand Prix on Sunday, in a thrilling race that saw him surge to seventh at race’s end.

The 30-lap race commenced on a full wet track after torrential rain fell earlier in the day. And optimism was high that Miller would pose a strong podium challenge after he set the third fastest time in the pre-race warm-up session.

A stunning start and aggressive opening to the race rocketed the Australian up from 16th on the grid into fourth place on lap six. He began hunting down Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi to contest the podium after his remarkable career first win in Assen three weeks ago when the track suddenly started to quickly dry.

Miller unfortunately missed the ideal window to change to his Honda machinery equipped with slick tyres and he slipped out of contention for the top three. He was still able to set an impressive pace on Michelin’s slick tyres on a greasy surface and a stunning late charge almost saw him pass Dani Pedrosa for sixth place on the final lap.

“It was a really good race and I can be happy with the result,” Miller said. “But in all honesty I should have trusted my team more and come in earlier for the bike change. It’s a real shame I stayed out a little bit too long because I am sure I could have been standing on the podium again.

“It was a tough call to make and there was about seven laps to go and I kept thinking about finishing the race on the wet tyres. It was frustrating to see everybody come flying by me and I knew I had to come in and change. As soon as I went back out on slicks I just said ‘why didn’t I do this earlier?’ It was a big lesson for me to take on board, but it was my first real flag-to-flag race and it is good experience for me.

“I still had a lot of fun racing at the front with the likes of Valentino and I nearly passed Dani on the last lap to take the top six. When I was out on the slicks at the end my pace was really competitive and that gives me a big boost of confidence for the future.”

Sunday’s seventh place though was Miller’s third-successive top 10 finish to continue his impressive streak of form heading into the summer break.