News 7 Aug 2023

Off-track excursion pushes Miller back at British GP

Australian recovers to finish P8 on Sunday at Silverstone 2023.

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It was another fast start for Jack Miller at the British MotoGP on Sunday, but a move made early in the race left the Australian with positions to recover after being forced off the track.

From second on the grid, Miller launched to another holeshot and led the opening lap before being shuffled back to P3 on lap two by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team).

On lap three a move from Maverick Vinales saw Miller take an off-track excursion, with the number 43 rejoining down in P14 before Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) regulated him to the brink of the point-scoring positions.

As drops of precipitation intensified around parts of the circuit in the race’s final third, Miller really began to claw back some ground and was able to work his way up to P8 by the conclusion of the 20-lap bout.

“I felt like I was struggling for grip from the get-go,” Miller recalled. “I just couldn’t really make it work from the start. I tried to consolidate my position and then the contact with Maverick sent me on the grass and after all the rain yesterday I just had to make sure I was going straight!

“I put my head down afterwards but my pace was a little off. Fortunately, the rain gave me a chance to catch the boys again and we reached the top ten but it was not the way I wanted my weekend to unfold. We’ll learn from it and come back swinging in Austria.”

Prior to Sunday’s British grand prix, Miller finished seventh in Saturday’s sprint race and is currently eighth in the 2023 MotoGP World Championship standings after nine rounds.