Townsville Bulletin

Miller confronts Mir after race

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A FURIOUS Jack Miller was caught up in a post-race confrontat­ion with Joan Mir after the world champion bumped the Aussie off the track on the closing lap of the US Motogp at Austin.

Miller upbraided Mir on the cool-down lap, at one stage grabbing the Spaniard’s helmet.

The race was won by Honda star Marc Marquez who secured his seventh victory at the Circuit of the Americas track, while runnerup Fabio Quartararo could wrap up the world title in the next round at Misano.

Miller had started from 10th and stormed through the pack to be fourth by halfway in the race, but lost pace in the closing laps.

Mir’s Suzuki careered into Miller on the last lap, the latest chapter in a growing rivalry between the two.

Despite his clear anger post-race, Miller later said he believed he had controlled himself. “I was struggling with my front tyre, I tried to protect the line … but you can’t protect when someone runs into the side of you, can you?’’ he said.

“I swear, every time I race with the guy he seems to run into me.”

Mir was demoted one position for irresponsi­ble riding and later apologised.

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