CRASH SEES MILLER SETTLE FOR FOURTH
Suzuka newcomer Jack Miller says any hope he and his Honda team had of taking the Suzuka title back from Yamaha were dashed by bad luck, after a crash for team-mate Takaaki Nakagami triggered a chain of events that left the squad unable to come home better than fourth.
They made a strong start with Takumi Takahashi looking capable of taking the fight to Yamaha on the new Fireblade. But, despite a strong second hour from Miller, Nakagami’s crash on his first run out on the bike meant Miller was ultimately left disappointed after the gruelling race.
“We could have done with a bit of luck, that’s for sure! It started off well – we were in the lead, had a good pit stop, and I had a good run even though I got screwed by the safety car leaving pit lane. Then Taka was making good progress, got to the hairpin and tucked the front, and that’s where all our bad luck started!
“He was able to pick the bike up and get going, but that started a snowball effect. We had to start crawling back the gap towards the podium – I had it to about nine seconds at one point. Then when I came in from my pit stop something had happened to the headlights in the crash and we lost a minute there. We knew after those things that we were lucky to stay in fourth position.”
‘ Taka got to the hairpin, tucked the front, and that’s where it all started’ JACK MILLER