News 3 May 2022

Valuable insight for Miller from Jerez podium fight

Ducati Lenovo rider drawing positives from Spanish outing.

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Despite missing out on a podium in the closing stages of round six of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, Jack Miller believes the experience gained from the 25 lap outing at Jerez bodes well for future improvements.

The Ducati Lenovo Team rider ran third for the majority of the race, withstanding pressure from Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez for the first twenty laps.

The pair ultimately found their way past Miller, the Australian crossing the line just 0.3 of a second behind Marquez to finish fifth, marking his third top-five finish of the season.

“Knowing you have Marc Marquez behind you for 22 laps is definitely not an easy situation to handle, but despite the pressure, I feel I rode well today,” Miller explained.

“I was with Pecco and Quartararo during the first four laps, but then I couldn’t maintain the same pace. I gave it my all and tried to focus only on my race.

“Right from the start, I was having some issues keeping the right line at turn five and in the end, Marc passed me there. After Aleix passed both of us, Marc and I had a good battle on the last lap.

“I’m quite happy, we fought for the podium and obtained a positive result, and with today’s experience, we can only improve in the future. Congratulations to Pecco. He really did a great race.”

Miller sits 11th in the championship standings after suffering a mechanical DNF at the opening round at Qatar, and a zero points haul in Portugal following a crash that ended his race.

The 2022 MotoGP World Championship takes place at Le Mans, France, on 15 May which is the seventh round of 21 this year.