Miller: Alex Rins scared the s*** out of me in MotoGP's Italian GP

Jack Miller says MotoGP rival Alex Rins "scared the s*** out of me" during the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, as the Australian was caught out by the Suzuki's cornering ability

Miller: Alex Rins scared the s*** out of me in MotoGP's Italian GP

The fast-turning GSX-RR of Rins charged from 13th on the grid to run behind fourth-placed Miller after just two laps, and Rins then fired it down the inside of the Pramac rider at the sweeping Correntaio right-hander.

Miller was caught off-guard and sat up on his bike, although he stayed with the lead group and would re-pass Rins on the next lap before he crashed on the 15th lap.

"That race was a lot of fun," Miller said. "I enjoyed it. It was a little scary at some points.

"For example with Rins. That Suzuki seems like it can turn on a dime piece because the first time when Rins passed me, I probably had a metre - not even a metre - between myself and the kerb, and he was able to make it fit and he scared the shit out of me as he went past."

Rins went on to continue fighting for the race lead before it became a straight duel between race-winner Petrucci, Dovizioso and Marquez.

The Suzuki rider finished fourth but felt disappointed in the result because he had the "rhythm to win".

The Austin race winner now sits 27 points behind Marquez and 15 points behind Dovizioso in the riders' championship.

"Before the start of the race, we already knew that this track would be difficult for us for this with the long straight," Rins said.

"After crossing the finish line P4 I was disappointed because I had the rhythm to win the race.

"But anyway we finished fourth position on a track that we struggle a lot at.

"It's hard for the championship because now Marc and Dovi go [ahead] a little bit - but anyway there's a lot of races to do, and always in the second part of the championship we are strong.

"Qatar and here were was two tracks that are very difficult [for Suzuki] and we finish fourth, we beat some Ducatis, we beat some Hondas, so it's OK."

Rins said his top-speed deficit was the main factor that hampered his victory chances as the "physical demands are much higher", and the Suzuki rider estimated a loss of 0.3-0.4s loss on the final straight.

shares
comments
Valentino Rossi: Dire Mugello among worst MotoGP races in long time

Previous article

Valentino Rossi: Dire Mugello among worst MotoGP races in long time

Next article

Dovizioso: Petrucci has made MotoGP self-belief breakthrough in '19

Dovizioso: Petrucci has made MotoGP self-belief breakthrough in '19
Load comments
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021