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MotoGP Argentina: ‘Ban unfair, they can catch up or not’ - Miller

Ducati Lenovo’s Jack Miller returns to the scene of the crime this weekend after his 2018 bravery failed to award him with the win in a chaotic Argentine GP.

The, then, satellite rider has never forgotten what should have been his, but remains enamoured with the 4.8km Termas De Rio Honda Circuit awaiting him once more.

“I was robbed of a victory here,” a newly engaged Miller confirmed from the Termas paddock. “I should have four on my card but it's stolen from me but I'm not pissed off. It's a track I like, it's fantastic first of all to be back here in Argentina. I really enjoy this track, the layout or I'm not exactly sure what it is. It's kind of got a bit of everything.


“Excited to get underway this weekend,” he continued. “It seems like we got a little bit of a delayed start but nonetheless, I know the powers that be are working really hard to get us underway and I have no doubt we will have a great Argentinian Grand Prix come Sunday.”

The delay comes after part of the paddock infrastructure failed to arrive into South America from Indonesia, due to technical issues in transit. While the factory Ducati team seem to have got off lightly, its satellite partners Mooney VR46 and Gresini Racing are bearing the brunt, with absolutely nothing in their possession at present.

“We have been rather fortunate to be honest,” Miller explained. “We're just missing basically the box itself, the panels. Fortunately for us, we have received both motorcycles and at least enough tools that they're able to work on the bike and get our bikes prepared. So the mechanics have been rather lucky there.

“With our luck, I think we are fortunate enough like I said to be able to prepare the bikes after last race to get them ready for this race but I think it's Friday now when the other teams like VR and Gresini are meant to receive the material. I think our mechanics should be able to go over and give those guys a bit of a hand to try and speed up the process and help those teams out. Because at the end of the day, with Ducati, it's like a big family. It’s unfortunate that those guys haven't been able to receive any of the material.

“It's not like you pull the bike out of the crate and go. There's a lot of work that goes into preparing these machines every weekend and it would be a big job for just those guys to try and do, so I think our mechanics should be able to lend them a hand.”

While the logistics issues take prime focus as the Argentinian Grand Prix continues to prepare, another contentious taking point remains, the banning of front right height devices from 2023. It’s a decision that hit Ducati the hardest and one Miller is openly unimpressed with.

“I think the ban, it's unfair in my opinion, even if we are using or not using the device doesn't matter,” he confirmed stridently. “Ducati has spent money, time, more time than anything developing this system and when you go and do all that you take resources away from other areas of the bike that maybe you could be spending the time and energy developing.

"So in the end, there's not a clear like 'Okay, we're still developing here but trying to develop over here'. The end of the day, Ducati is not a massive company like some of the other manufacturers are and for them to be able to basically complain and put in a rule like this, but say 'Okay, the rear is still okay’, because the other teams were trying to do that at the beginning. Because they didn't want to develop or they didn't want to be behind us and develop but now everyone has it they all want to keep it. So for me that is not fair.

“You cannot pick and choose which rules you want or which rules you don't want and you can still use the front ride height device on the start, which doesn't make sense to me.

“I think it's a little bit pick and choose on the rules and I don't agree with the ruling. We have it there, if we use it or if we don't use it, it's completely up to us, but we have it and we've worked to develop it. The others can either try to catch up or not. It's simply up to them.

“I don't think you should be able to tell a team what they can and can't use if it's inside the rules. Don't make up a rule to ban it immediately.”

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