3 years ago
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Jack Miller able to salvage points at the San Marino GP despite a major electrical problem in the final seven laps.
Jack Miller’s rookie campaign in the MotoGP™ World Championship continues to be a difficult one, the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini presenting another unique challenge. Riders were forced to swap bikes twice during the race as conditions went from dry to wet to dry again. Miller struggled in the bike swap, some 30 seconds slower than he felt he could have been with more experience. But the fiery Australian was able to recover time in the wet conditions, again proving his skill in less than ideal conditions.
Unfortunately Miller’s race would go from bad to worse as with just a handful of laps disaster struck and he found himself unable to shift from fourth gear as his bike encountered an electrical problem. The LCR Honda rider was forced to short shift for the remainder of the race, resulting in a drop in lap times. Even in the face of all these problems Miller was able to end the day in 12th and secure yet more championship points.
Jack Miller: “With about six or seven laps to go we had an electrical problem with the bike, the thing started losing power and wouldn’t go into anything lower than fourth gear, so I had to start short-shifting through second and third and as a result my lap times dropped considerably. It was a good race, but being a rookie to this bike change thing I stayed out longer than I should and it cost me dearly, I lost a good thirty, thirty-five seconds.”
“It was a good race, I thought it was all over but then I was really happy when I came in and put the wets on. When we went to slicks it just took me a little longer to get into the groove of things than Scott (Redding, who finished third) and you can see what he did. We started picking things up, but then it all sort of came to an end with about seven laps to go and I just had to limp the thing home really.”
3 years ago