Miller rues “shit nothing crash” in Dutch MotoGP race

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he is “really pissed off” with himself after a “shit nothing crash” took him out of the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix podium battle. 

Miller rues “shit nothing crash” in Dutch MotoGP race

The Australian was running eighth in a tight group battling for the final two podium slots when he crashed on lap 15 of 26 at the Strubben hairpin.

Miller says he was braking harder at that point in anticipation of Suzuki’s Joan Mir and LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami coming to blows and tucked the front as a result.

He re-joined the race but was forced to retire on lap 18 when he was shown the black and orange flag for a technical issue.

“I felt good, I was in my rhythm,” said Miller, who is now 56 points off the championship lead.

“I could see me and Miguel were staying sort of central but the front group… well, Pecco [Bagnaia] and those guys were coming back towards us.

“And then Mir was doing one of his passes at Turn 5, making contact with Taka.

“So, I braked earlier if there was contact, if somebody fell off I knew I could pick my way through.

“And just as I released the brake a little more early… I braked harder, I had the same speed, was trailbraking to the apex there with some load on the front tyre and obviously I didn’t have enough load on the tyre and fell over.

“It was a nothing crash, a really shit nothing crash, but cost us quite dearly.

“So, really pissed off with myself for that mistake.

“I guess I was just watching that [what was happening in front] and my mind was focused on what to do, trying to read the situation in front of me rather than focusing on what I was doing 100% and that was enough.”

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Miller said Race Direction had no reason to show him the technical flag as the smoke it saw coming from his bike was simply oil overflow being burned off after his Ducati had been on its side.

“Like I said it was a nothing first-gear crash, my handlebars weren’t even bent,” he added.

“I picked the bike up and got going again, but they said… we have a system that basically if the bike’s on its side you’ve got an overflow from when the bike’s over, there’s more oil pumping around a certain part of the engine.

“So, there’s an overflow and then when that fills up it will dump a little bit into the exhaust to burn it off basically.

Read Also:

“And they said they saw smoke coming out of the back, so they meatball flagged [me].

“But they didn’t really have a reason, so they just had to call us in there to cover their arse a little bit.

“Was nothing, I did what I could, I knew the bike was fine because I was riding around like nothing had happened.

“But as soon as you see that you check to see if there’s any oil pissing out of it, but there wasn’t.” 

shares
comments

Related video

Mir fears current Suzuki "not enough" to fight for MotoGP title

Previous article

Mir fears current Suzuki "not enough" to fight for MotoGP title

Next article

Tank Slappers Podcast: What next for Maverick Vinales in MotoGP after Yamaha exit?

Tank Slappers Podcast: What next for Maverick Vinales in MotoGP after Yamaha exit?
Load comments
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
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