Miller goes top ten in Texas
Jack Miller continued his run of top ten finishes for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in today’s Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
Miller fought off an intense late race challenge from German rider Jonas Folger to finish just 0.5s behind three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo who was ninth.
Miller made a strong early race dash from 12th on the grid to be eighth on lap three and spent the remainder of a frustrating 21-lap race stalking Lorenzo, who controlled the gap on the fast straight at the Circuit of The Americas.
This result consolidates Miller in 10th place in the points standings.
Miller was joined in the points by his hard riding teammate Tito Rabat, who finished 13th to boost his confidence with a third consecutive finish in the points.
Rabat also had to deal with the challenge of Ducati riders and he finished strongly, squeezed between Scott Redding (12th) and Hector Barbera (14th).
Rabat continues to accelerate his learning curve in MotoGP and has set a solid platform for his home race at Jerez, the next event on the calendar.
After a cold and windy qualifying today’s race was run in near perfect sunny and warm conditions.
Jack Miller: 10th
“I had good speed from the start of the race but it is just so difficult to overtake, I was losing so much time off the slow corners and it is not easy to make it up in the braking zones. All I could was wait and hope Lorenzo made a mistake and then towards the end of the race I lost some feeling with front. It was another solid result, I got some points with a top ten finish and learnt a lot.”
Tito Rabat: 13th
“I am very happy for this result because today I understood many things by going a little slower at the beginning and then faster towards the end of the race. And in the normal conditions of today’s race I was closer to the front guys and this is good for my confidence. To score points in the opening three races of the season is a very good start and a boost in advance of the next race at home in Jerez.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“The three overseas races to start the season are always tough but this is another good result with both Jack and Tito again in the points. Both riders are improving and closing the gap to the front. It was not easy for Jack who in the slow sections was able to be close behind a Ducati which could always pull away on the straight. Another solid weekend from our team before we head to the European races.”