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After the incredible drama up ahead in the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) was then thrust into the fight for the podium in the latter stages - once again showing some serious speed on race day. Although unable to quite stay in the rostrum battle on the last few laps, the Argentina GP polesitter nevertheless took P6 and another great haul of points as his form remains on song.
Riders react to the Spanish GP
That, too, is despite a crash in training that left him fighting through the pain barrier at COTA last time out. But after the Spanish GP, the Queenslander was expectedly positive about sixth.
“I was content with my result, very close to the podium,” begins Miller. “I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to fight with those guys at the end but I had a bad start and I had to really fight to get to them, I think I was 16th or something like that on the first lap and I had to pass many riders to arrive at Petrucci, Valentino and Iannone.”
Once he got there, the limiting factor, says Miller, was the front tyre.
“I was braking really hard in the first sector and when I’d passed Valentino, I was trying to pass Iannone but I was starting to run out of the right-hand side of the front tyre. I had a few moments, and I said ‘ok, this is enough’. My speed wasn’t bad but then Valentino came past and some experience paid off for him I think! He had a fast last lap. But it was nice to fight with those guys and it was another improvement for us. I think we can be happy with nine seconds off the victory after such a bad start.”
Seven top tens in a row is definitely something to smile about, and now it’s on to Le Mans and a little more time to get back to fully fit, with the French GP in two weeks.
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