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Miller: “It felt like Moto3 all over again”

Having won in the class in 2014, he should know. The Aussie shares his thoughts on the fight at the front in the battle for Phillip Island

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) made a stunning start to the Australian GP, quick off the line from the second row and then slicing past Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to take the lead at Turn 2. From there, the Australian bolted in the initial stages – spending some time at the head of the race before being reeled in by the Movistar Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. And then the cavalry arrived, and things got intense - with an eight-rider train battling at the front.

“In the battle for the top spot, we were dicing and it felt like Moto3 all over again,” beams Miller. “Going through Turn 4 you never knew if someone was coming up the inside. Guys like Zarco, Iannone, Marquez, Valentino, all those guys were in there who don’t mind a divebomb! It was a lot of fun. In every braking zone, no one was safe.”

Miller: "An amazing race to be part of"

The battle that ensued once Miller had been caught at the front was an absolute classic, and the Australian was right up in the thick of it until just towards the end, when he started to miss some grip on the left side of the tyre.

“I was a part of it for about 20 laps, it was just the last six or seven laps where I was yo-yoying off the boys,” explains Miller. “I would gain through the first sector, but through the back section and especially Turns 11 and 12, the last two corners, on the left-hand side I was missing drive, so I just started yo-yoing. That was frustrating but it was amazing to be a part of. It was a pretty fun event, that’s for sure!”

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2017 Australian Grand Prix: MotoGP™ Full Race