CRASH SEES MILLER SET­TLE FOR FOURTH

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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

Miller and the team had to claw back a size­able deficit to get the re­sult

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