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Jack Miller mirac­u­lously walked away largely un­in­jured from a Le Mans hor­ror crash dur­ing a Satur­day’s FP4 prac­tice ses­sion that saw him cat­a­pulted into a wall after los­ing con­trol of his bike at the 180mph turn one.

The Honda Marc VDS rider lost the front, but it gripped again and shot him off the track at a fright­en­ing speed. He ploughed into the cir­cuit bar­ri­ers and then cartwheeled back through the gravel trap. The Aus­tralian was lucky to bounce clear of his Honda RCV as it dis­in­te­grated. How­ever, with typ­i­cal Miller cool­ness, he down­played the ac­ci­dent after­wards, even man­ag­ing to jump onto his spare bike only min­utes later in qual­i­fy­ing and lap the French cir­cuit even faster!

“It was a nasty crash and I’m lucky to walk away with just some bruises. I had some lock­ing on the front through turn one which sent me to­wards the wall and when I saw I wasn’t go­ing to stop in time I let go be­fore I hit the wall. I was happy to get back on the bike for qual­i­fy­ing de­spite not feel­ing 100% after the crash!”

And, de­spite strug­gling through Sun­day’s race with a badly bruised wrist, Miller con­tin­ued the im­pres­sive run of con­sis­tent form that he’s shown in 2017, tak­ing eighth in the race and con­sol­i­dat­ing a top 10 spot in the cham­pi­onship.

“For the last six laps of the race my hand was like a big numb piece of s**t, just pins and nee­dles. I was brak­ing us­ing three or four fin­gers and I nor­mally only brake with one. Pick­ing the bike up for changes of di­rec­tion was a dis­as­ter but I ended up with a good re­sult and got some good points.”

‘For the last six laps my hand was a numb piece of s**t’ JACK MILLER

Miller heads to­wards the Le Mans bar­ri­ers at high speed The crash hap­pened at the fast turn one Miller flies through the air after im­pact

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