News 28 May 2024

'A testing time' admits Miller following latest DNF

Red Bull KTM entry slides to 15th in the standings after Spain's sixth round.

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Australian Jack Miller admits it’s ‘a testing time’ in his career after crashing out of the Catalan grand prix on Sunday, marking his second-straight DNF and his third in just the first six rounds.

It’s been a troubling start to 2024 for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing entry, having scored points in just two grand prix races alongside three non-finishes – one of which was no fault of his own.

Miller crashed out just three laps into the 24-lap encounter last weekend, resulting in a premature end to his campaign in what was the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship.

“Obviously, extremely disappointed,” Miller reflected. “[I] let the team down and let myself down – we are trying to be better and stop these silly mistakes. I just trusted the front too much, too early and I tried to carry the corner speed as I had done all weekend but the track conditions were different this weekend.

“Without warning it disappeared – there was not much I could do – [it’s] a tough one. It had been nice running with the boys again, we just need to get that confidence in the front up again. We’ll keep working – it’s a testing time in my career, but with the right people around me I know I can right the ship and come back stronger in the races to come.”

The pressure is mounting on the popular Queensland as his factory KTM contract expires at the conclusion of this season, currently placed 15th in the championship standings after the weekend’s round in Spain.