News 19 Sep 2022

Ducati's Miller 'quite satisfied' with fifth at Aragon

Solid weekend for Desmosedici rider as focus shifts to Motegi.

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Fifth at Aragon left Jack Miller ‘quite satisfied’ as the MotorLand circuit has ‘never been a favourable track’ for the Ducati Lenovo Team rider in the MotoGP World Championship.

Miller’s best result at the venue with Ducati is third, in 2019, but has also finished outside the top five twice at Aragon in his Desmosedici stint and was taken out in the last corner while fighting for the Moto3 title in 2014.

A 1m46.688s saw the Australian line-up second on the grid behind Ducati Lenovo teammate Francesco Bagnaia, and Miller swiftly slotted in behind the number 63 in the opening laps of the race.

Throughout the bout, he was passed by eventual winner Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), ultimately finishing the outing 6.964s from the lead and only eight-tenths from a podium.

“Aragon has never been a favourable track for me, so I’m quite satisfied with fifth place,” Miller explained.

“After I got passed by Binder and Aleix Espargaro, I continued to have a pretty consistent pace, but it didn’t allow me to get close enough to try and pass them, and towards the end, I also started to suffer with the front. In any case, I am happy, and I can’t wait to get back on track next week at Motegi.”

The 2022 MotoGP World Championship resumes this Friday at Motegi, Japan as Miller approaches the 16th round of the season fifth in the points standings.