News 15 Aug 2017

Miller satisfied with pace prior to Austrian grand prix crash

Australian as high as 11th before crashing out at the Red Bull Ring.

Australian Jack Miller is content with his early pace in Sunday’s 11th round of the MotoGP World Championship in Austria before he crashed out at the 20 lap mark.

Miller qualified 19th on Saturday, although he was able to work his way into 13th on the opening lap, settling into 11th prior to the untimely mistake on turn nine.

“The race was going really well when I crashed on lap 20m,” Miller explained. “I had really good pace early in the race but then I started to lose some rear grip, it felt like the tyre was overheating in the final sector, I had couple of warnings that I was losing grip into turn nine.

“Then it stepped out under braking and then overloaded the front and I tried to hold it up on my elbow but to no avail. A disappointing end but I had a strong race until that small mistake. Now I’m looking forward to Silverstone and being in top form.”

The non-finish now sees the Queensland-native relegated from 12th to 13th in the championship – tied on 12th – as the prestigious series heads to Great Britain in just under two weeks time.

It was announced last week that Miller has officially signed with the Octo Pramac Ducati Racing outfit for the 2018 MotoGP World Championship.