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Miller and Marquez give their thoughts on Aragon clash

Miller and Marquez give their thoughts on Aragon clash

In a moment which defined Sunday’s race at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon Jack Miller crashed after contact with Alex Marquez – changing the course of the Moto3™ title battle.  

After the crash Miller was forced to return to the pits to repair his bike and later crashed for a second time, finishing out of the points, whilst Marquez finished the race second behind winner Romano Fenati.

The result was highly significant in terms of the championship standings. Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Marquez now leads Miller by 11 points in the standings with four rounds remaining.

Sunday’s event were certainly dramatic in the wet-dry conditions in Spain, with Miller and Marquez summoned by Race Direction to discuss their coming together which occurred on the last corner of the fourth lap. Ultimately Race Direction decided the clash was merely a racing incident and no penalties were imposed on either rider.

Miller’s perspective was as follows: “In the crash, Marquez had tried to overtake me on the straight but did not have the pace to do so. On the entry to the corner I was on the dry line and went in normally. I knew Marquez would try to block off inside corner, but he did not cut the gas and made me fall off the bike. Sometimes these things happen it’s racing. I’m happy and I want to thank the whole team, because they were able to repair the bike after it was pretty damaged and I was able to get back on track for a few laps. Now we head to a circuit that I like and we’ll see what happens.”

Marquez stated, “Regarding what happened with Miller, I passed him on the inside, rode my line on the dry bit of track and felt contact halfway into the corner. I didn't know what had happened because I was focused on keeping to my line. I think that what happened was a racing incident.”

Red Bull KTM Ajo manager Aki Ajo added, “When you have half and half conditions it’s always really difficult. Jack started the race really well, but what can you say? If other riders make mistakes, whether it’s on purpose or not, this we can’t know. Jack was really on the dry line, the other rider was on the wet line inside and he picked up the bike. It’s a real shame that riders fighting for the championship are doing these kind of movements. But we will forget this day and look forward.”

Moto3, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Alex Marquez, Jack Miller, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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