The Australians didn’t get off to a great start at the Styrian Grand Prix last Sunday, but a second time when the red flag was set on lap 3 due to a severe crash between Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Sabadri. I was given a chance.
Miller made a much better launch on the restart, leading the first four laps and then slipping into the race for third place with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo.
Miller, who captured Quartararo in the second half of the stage, crashed on lap 18 on left-handed Turn 7, scoring two consecutive DNFs and the third in the 2021 season.
This could be fatal to his championship hopes, as he is currently 72 points ahead of Quartararo at the top of the rankings.
“I felt good in the second race. Everything was fine,” Miller said.
“I had a little trouble gripping the right edge from the beginning, but the front was very comfortable and I could push it as I wanted.
“I set it to run my own pace, I was fine.
“As Fabio passed by and pulled a little, he began to fall and I came back towards him.
“But it was just difficult. I was struggling at the edge, so I try to get as close to him as possible so that I can make a straight path from the sacrifice I had to make at the exit. I had to work hard.
“I was just a little … I don’t know. I have to wait to see the data, but everything felt fine. I felt good in Sector 3 and asked the front a little too much and it was completely Disappeared to me.
“It really really hurts because I basically had a podium in my pocket.
“But I threw it away. So I was very disappointed with myself. I’m sorry for the team. We will try to reorganize, reassemble and come back next weekend.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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Teammate Francesco Bagnaia led the first start of the race, but struggled at the rear of the bike when restarting. Ducati riders passed the line in 10th place but were demoted to 11th place due to a track restriction penalty.
Many riders had tire problems when restarting, but Banyaia didn’t say if his problem was with dangerous rear tires.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Banyaia said when asked what happened to his form in Race 2.
“The first half of the race was very strong. Throughout the weekend my feelings were great.
“At the time of the restart, the rear of the bike wasn’t working from the beginning, but when I was already on the track, I immediately felt that the rear wasn’t working as it was at the beginning.
“Sometimes this can happen and I’m not happy with it, but this is something we have to understand.
“It’s not correct to say that the rear tires didn’t work because I don’t know, but the first half of the first race was very strong and everything was moving like a weekend.
“In the second half of the race, nothing was working like it was during the weekend.
“I don’t know because only the hard front worked well.”
Ducati’s Jack Miller says his Styria MotoGP crash was “really stabbed”
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