News 30 Apr 2024

Luckless run continues for Miller after Jerez Morbidelli incident

Challenging weekend for Australian GP riders as Kelso storms to fifth.

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Jack Miller’s luckless run continued at Jerez’s fourth round of the 2024 MotoGP World Championship after being taken out by Franco Morbidelli (Pramac Racing) during the later stages of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing entry was battling for 11th position when Morbidelli attempted a pass on lap 18, which ultimately saw them both crash out of the 25-lap encounter.

Tensions boiled over as riders got to their feet in the gravel trap of turn five, with the clash going under investigation before being declared a racing incident.

“I had some pace and was trying to go with Pedro [Acosta], when I copped a bike to the side in turn five,” Miller reflected. “There was nothing I could do about it. Not ideal – when it rains it pours.

“We are struggling to turn the luck in our direction, but we’ll keep plugging away and the test tomorrow will be important to iron out a few things and understand what’s going on.”

It was a challenging weekend for the Australian contingent of grand prix riders, with Senna Agius (Liquimoly Husqvarna IntactGP) crashing out of Moto2 and Jacob Roulstone (Red Bull GasGas Tech3) pushing through shoulder pain after a Q2 crash to salvage 12th in Moto3. Joel Kelso (BOE Motorsports) was the standout Australian with fifth in Moto3.