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MotoGP Austin: Miller/Mir handbags continue in COTA

Ducati’s Jack Miller was far from pleased with a certain Suzuki rider on Sunday night after another coming together at the climax of COTA’s MotoGP race.

For the fourth time this year - Miller says he’s given up counting - Joan Mir took a swipe at the Australian on the final lap, the result sending them both wide and gifting Enea Bastianini his previously hard defended sixth place finish.

Miller was clearly annoyed but seemingly resigned to the outcome during his media duties, post race.


“What actually happened was I was on my last lap, as I was last week in Misano, and once again I got hit out, and I got passed by two guys,” he explained matter of factly. “So, it is what it is, race direction did what they did. There's not too much to say about it, it's just a reoccurring incident but anyway. I couldn't have done anything different.

“I was struggling a little bit with my front tyre, I was protecting the line I was completely on the inside so there was no room to go up. It is what it is. Apart from that, not a bad race I felt like I had great pace at the beginning but I just ran into some issues on the right hand side, around mid to three quarters through the race and then, started to suffer a little bit. Unfortunate but I gave my maximum.

“They pick and choose the punishment that they like,” he continued referring to race direction issuing Mir a one-place penalty from after the flag. “Last week with Aegerter and Torres, a much similar thing yet Aegerter got a 30-second penalty or something like that - was actually the perfect amount to allow Torres to win the championship. Fortunately for me, I was able to stay on the bike. I don't make the rules. I feel like I've controlled myself rather well, getting older and more mature. That's a nice sign I guess you can say.

“Honestly, it means nothing to me,” he said of Mir’s apology. “It's not the first time. Here, Misano, whatever, Assen, the list goes on and on and on. Every time I race with the guy he runs in the side of me, I mean I try to be, I think I'm one of the fairer guys on the grid. For sure I can be aggressive, when I need to be, but I try not to fucking run into the side of everybody and do that. I will pass and I try to be as clean as possible. Sometimes accidents happen but I don't even know, I've lost count this season, how many times it's happened! But anyway, I just continue to do my job.
“Misano, it happened, I went from fourth to sixth. Again, here it happened, I go from whatever it was, sixth to eighth. It doesn't even make sense for him because he jams himself that wide as well, that he allows the next guy through. I think there's better ways you can go about the situation.

“That's the way he wants to ride, I mean, each does their own thing. The only thing we can focus on is doing my job and trying to do the best I can do and try not to be in those positions. I was fading at the end of the race, don't get me wrong, and I need to work on not being that guy at the end of the race. I need to work on being the one attacking so that's the biggest issue.”

When asked if the issue has been discussed during the rider’s safety committee, on a Friday evening of each race weekend, Miller explained: “To a degree but I don't want to have to be there, talking about ‘he did this or he did that’ or whatever. I mean, we're in MotoGP. There's a level of respect that you show to each other, I think.

"I don't want to be the guy complaining or doing anything like that, that's not me, that's not my style. Like I said, the biggest thing I can look at is, I need to work on myself to try not to be in that position, I need to work on myself to be the one attacking at the end of the race and not struggling there, like we were today.

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