Jack Miller very disappointed after the Portuguese GP. “It was my mistake.” The MotoGP rider determined to straighten things out soon. And there is no shortage of compliments for his Ducati teammate Bagnaia.
It is certainly not the start of the MotoGP season that Jack Miller has dreamed of. The first accident in three Grands Prix so far has occurred in Portimao (previously a double ninth place on the scoresheet), a fact for which the Australian of the Ducati Team takes full responsibility. It is difficult to hide the disappointment for having thrown a race in which he seemed able to remain among the great protagonists. In addition to this, however, there have been consequences for his recently operated arm, and therefore his recovery process is lengthening.
“I got too close to Aleix Espargaró in front of me,” explained Jack Miller. “So I had to brake a little harder and the front wheel got stuck.” And he points out that “It was my fault alone, a very stupid mistake. And I had already made a mistake before, another small mistake: I had closed the gap from Mir in front of me, but I had always come too strong, finishing a little wide.” Too bad for a race that could have been very different. “We had the speed, the pace, and we were putting it all together. I’m really disappointed both for myself and for the team.”
NOT AN EASY TIME, BUT THERE IS DETERMINATION
It certainly isn’t an easy time for the #43 driver. “We want to win, we want to be at the top, but in truth, it is not like that. I’ve been in worse positions in my career, but I’ve always come out of it. I am lucky to have this support from the team and from my manager Aki Ajo, we are working hard to rectify the situation.” There is no shortage of compliments for the box mate. “Pecco had a fantastic race today, very calm at the start and out of all the various battles. Hats off, it was a good moment for the team too.”
However, he renews his determination to change things on everything. “I have to work to get back to where we finished last season. This was an unfortunate episode, my mistake, but I don’t want to have any more accidents.” Finally, he explains what happened to his arm. “The plan was to remove the stitches in the evening, instead they took off by themselves when I crashed. I didn’t even notice it until I took off my suit and found a big hole in my arm. They had to mend me, the recovery process starts all over again. In the next few days, I will have to limit myself to the bike, no motorbike activities.”