News 10 Jul 2019

Miller positive to lead Independent standings into MotoGP break

Australian MotoGP contender sixth at German grand prix.

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Australian Jack Miller has expressed a sense of positivity as he leads the Independent Team rider rankings in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, indicating he’s on-track in his target of taking out top honours.

The Pramac Racing ace put in a spirited effort at the Sachsenring last weekend, engaging in a three-rider battle with Ducati counterparts Andrea Dovizisio (Mission Winnow Ducati) and Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati), ultimately finishing in P6.

“Now we’re back at the top of the Independent championship,” said Miller. “That’s the main goal for this season and it’s nice to go into the summer break leading that, even if it is only by three points over Crutchlow and Fabio.

“Consistency is going to be the key to that I think and three DNFs in the first half of the season is not the way I would have liked to have started the year, but it’s nice to end on a positive note like this. The last couple of grands prix haven’t been the easiest for us so to come away with a sixth, when only one guy crashed out ahead, I’ll take it.

“This is not particularly a track that the Ducati works well around and we all finished within half a second, we were bumper-to-bumper over the line – so I think we all did the maximum we could.”

Miller is ranked seventh in the overall championships standings as MotoGP heads into an extended European summer break, returning on 4 August at Brno in the Czech Republic.

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