Miller has made his "one" acceptable MotoGP mistake in 2020

Jack Miller says his crash from the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix was his only acceptable mistake this season, and believes he can still be a title threat

Miller has made his "one" acceptable MotoGP mistake in 2020

The Pramac Ducati rider declared ahead of the second Jerez race last month - and following reigning world champion Marc Marquez's withdrawal through injury - that he was in the championship hunt.

However, after crashing out of the Andalusian GP, Miller admitted he would go back to taking it race by race.

While he thinks there is "nothing stopping" him from fighting for the title this season, he says he cannot afford any more mistakes.

"It's still early days," said Miller, who sits seventh in the standings - 37 points off the lead.

"It's unfortunate we made that mistake. I think if we want to be involved in this championship then I think we need to be not making anymore of them now.

"We've had our one. One, ok, it can happen, but that's all we can have. Now we need to get this thing going if we want to try and challenge.

"I don't think there's nothing stopping us from doing that. That's been my object for the week, just focusing on that.

"And if we really want to try and challenge them, we need to try and take the maximum points this weekend."

The upcoming triple-header at Brno and the Red Bull Ring should provide Ducati with an opportunity to score big results.

Miller's Ducati stablemate Andrea Dovizioso sees the next three races as an important phase for both his championship challenge and his 2021 contract talks - as strong results will strengthen his negotiating position.

Asked if he sees the next three rounds as crucial to his season, Dovizioso replied: "Yes for sure, for everything, because the next races will be important for the championship because we are in good tracks for us. And the results always affect the future."

Dovizioso is currently the top Ducati rider in the standings in third, 24 points from championship leader Fabio Quartararo following a third and sixth-place finish at the two Jerez rounds.

shares
comments
Ducati/MotoGP rider relationship can be "difficult" - Rossi
Previous article

Ducati/MotoGP rider relationship can be "difficult" - Rossi

Next article

Quartararo reveals how worst moment of career started change to reach MotoGP

Quartararo reveals how worst moment of career started change to reach MotoGP
The signs the old Marquez is really back to trouble his MotoGP rivals Plus

The signs the old Marquez is really back to trouble his MotoGP rivals

OPINION: Marc Marquez has completed the first three races of his MotoGP comeback from a fourth major operation on his right arm and has already achieved more points than Honda scored in his absence. While there is still some way to go before he is ready to win races, there have been plenty of signs to suggest that the old Marquez really is back

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2022
The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes Plus

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

MotoGP
Sep 26, 2022
The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title Plus

The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title

Ducati has littered the grid with eight strong motorcycles that has ensured it has had at least one rider stand on the podium at every grand prix in 2022. The drama of the Aragon Grand Prix has thrust Francesco Bagnaia well and truly into title contention with five races to go, and Ducati must now consider utilising a unique strength it has so far been reticent to embrace

MotoGP
Sep 19, 2022
How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects Plus

How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects

Reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner’s career has been derailed by KTM’s decision not to retain him at Tech3 for 2023. Amid difficult circumstances, Gardner hasn’t shamed himself. But KTM’s apparent reasoning for dropping him raises questions about its handling of its young riders and the unrealistic expectations placed on them

MotoGP
Sep 6, 2022
Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP Plus

Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP

OPINION: Honda is in the midst of a second winless season in the space of three years. The absence of the injured Marc Marquez has been a major contributing factor, but HRC’s inability to alter its own approach has seen it slide down the order. Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Austria and provided a rallying cry Honda needed to hear.

MotoGP
Aug 22, 2022
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022