Miller pow­ers away Jerez controversy

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LE MANS: Aus­tralia’s Jack Miller, on a

Honda, was the fastest man on the track as the French Grand Prix got off to a soggy start at Le Mans, bury­ing the controversy of his Jerez crash in the process.

Miller was fined for push­ing Al­varo Bautista in the Span­ish race af­ter both men crashed out.

“I am re­ally happy to fin­ish the first day here in Le Mans on top of the timesheets,” said Miller.

“It was the per­fect way to bounce back from the dis­ap­point­ment of Jerez and I’m happy be­cause I was fast in all dif­fer­ent kinds of con­di­tions.”

How­ever, world cham­pi­onship leader Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha team­mate Mav­er­ick Vi­nales, who is sec­ond in the over­all ti­tle race, en­dured a mis­er­able open­ing prac­tice.

Rossi was down in eighth place over­all and Vi­nales in 10th af­ter the two ses­sions, both more than three sec­onds off Miller’s blis­ter­ing pace of 1min 37.467. AFP

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