News 30 Oct 2023

'I was just missing the pace and lacking drive' - Miller

Australian battles to P16 on Sunday in Thailand MotoGP.

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The Thailand round of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship wasn’t the easiest of weekends for Jack Miller, with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider ultimately ‘just missing the pace and lacking drive’ on his way to P16 on Sunday.

Eight-tenths from Jorge Martin’s (Prima Pramac Racing) pole time, Miller qualified 15th on Saturday and delivered a solid ride in the sprint to reach 10TH position, narrowly ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo.

On Sunday, Miller admittedly lacked pace in the Thai GP and was struggling with drive, particularly in the opening part of the lap. Notably, of those who finished, three out of the four RC16s occupied the last three positions, with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory) the only one really making the platform work at Buririam, completing the bout in third.

“A long race and I gave it everything I could,” recalled Miller. “I’ve been struggling all weekend to get out of turn one and turn three. I didn’t make any mistakes really…I was just missing the pace and lacking drive. I lost too much time. We need to analyze and understand why we cannot get this tire casing to work. I’m disappointed but we’ll learn from this. It’s a good time to be in MotoGP right now but also a really hard time!”

Three rounds remain in the 2023 MotoGP World Championship, with the next stop on the calendar, the Grand Prix of Malaysia, taking place between 10-12 November.