MotoGP Valencia: Jack Miller, so close but so far
Jack Miller had an outstanding race, missing out on his first Ducati win by 0.093.
Jack Miller fought in the race of his life to try and win his first Ducati race, putting his all into the last 2 laps of the race, unfortunately for Miller, Franco Morbidelli was just too strong, holding his position and defending Millers attacks just enough to take his third race win of the season.
Miller opted for the medium tyre this time around instead of the hard he used last weekend, saying he “had a feeling” the medium would be the one to use, turns out that hunch was correct, he was able to manage his tyres all race, maintaining a 1-second gap to race leader Franco Morbidelli before closing it down on the last 3 laps of the race to try and win the race with a “dream” strategy.
“Frankie had a great race, I had a mega plan in my head that I was going to sail past him on the front straight with one lap to go and bobs your uncle, but that lasted until I started tipping into T1 and couldn’t get the thing stopped, then we were side by side into T2,” said Miller, his plan nearly bulletproof if he was able to get the Ducati stopped into T1 but it wasn’t meant to be.
“Frankie got the better of me at T5, I was riding over the curbs to get up the inside but Frankie blocked them all and had them really covered, I lost the drive over the hill so didn’t have enough in the braking to overtake, it wasn’t to be today.”
He also confirmed his love for the track, he has now scored 2 x MotoGP class podiums at the track with a win in Moto3 also to cap it off, “It was an awesome race, an awesome weekend from me, I enjoyed both weekends here, we didn’t get to meet our full potential last weekend but we covered that this time here, I love riding here in Valencia.”
Next weekend we go to Portimao for Miller’s final outing on the Pramac machine, can we see a race win there?