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Miller returns to podium and maintains championship lead

Miller returns to podium and maintains championship lead

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller achieved third place at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, to return to the podium for the first time since Indy.

After two races off the rostrum at Brno and Silverstone, which have seen his rivals Alex Marquez and Alex Rins reduce the gap at the top of the standings – the pressure was on the Australian to secure a decent points haul at Misano.

Although Miller was unable to prevent another Rins-Marquez one-two in front of the Italian crowd, this time he joined them on the podium in third place, thus somewhat reducing the impact of the Spanish pair’s good form.

Miller maintains the leadership of the overall standings with a nine point advantage over Marquez, with Rins 20 points adrift of the leader.

“I am happy to have been able to get on the podium, especially after the little mistake I made on the fourth lap,” said Miller. “I was having a good race, I felt comfortable and luckily I was able to stay on the bike. When Efren (Vazquez) and Isaac (Viñales) passed me, I had to work very hard to reduce the small advantage that they had.”

“I went step-by-step, but it was not enough to get the win. I pushed hard and with 5 laps to go I tried to keep up the pace, but the tyres were shot by then. We have to be satisfied with the final result of this race.”

After a DNF for Miller’s teammate Karel Hanika the Cezch rookie stated, “My start was not bad, I would even say that it went much better than I had expected. However, I never had the same feeling as I had this morning in the Warm Up, when I was able to ride very fast and by myself. I tried to keep on the back wheel of other riders, especially exiting the corners, and that is why later I pushed too hard out of Turn 2 and lost the front. That's why I could not finish this race. I hope that this does not happen again.”

Tags:
Moto3, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Jack Miller, Karel Hanika, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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