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Miller “hit a wall” with tyres in Qatar MotoGP

Miller, team-mate Francesco Bagnaia and Pramac duo Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin monstered the sector off the road to occupy the highest 4 locations on the opening lap.

However all of them hit bother because the race wore on, with Miller struggling with a lack of grip late on regardless of making a mild begin to his race in a bid to maintain his rubber recent for a closing battle – a tactic which carried Andrea Dovizioso to Qatar victories in 2018 and 2019 on the Ducati.

A powerful headwind additionally hampered the Ducatis by way of prime pace, however Miller doesn’t really feel this performed an element in his struggles.

“The wind for positive wasn’t excellent but it surely was the identical for everyone,” Miller mentioned on Sunday night.

“Positively wasn’t as dangerous because it was within the afternoon however nonetheless wasn’t nice.

“We had a extremely good begin, was capable of push as I preferred – not too laborious at the start however perhaps 12-14 laps to the tip, when [Maverick] Vinales got here previous, I mentioned ‘OK now it’s time to start out upping the tempo’.

“I used to be capable of drop my tempo to the low 1m55s for a number of laps after which, bang, I type of hit a wall and began shedding the rear mid-corner.

“I used to be simply attempting to handle the tyre at first and it didn’t actually work so we have to perceive what I’m doing, what the others are doing.

“It’s the primary race of the season, we begin from right here.”

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Jack Miller, Ducati Group

Picture by: Ducati Corse

Bagnaia suffered an identical drop-off late on, however was capable of bounce back on the final lap to pass the Suzuki of Joan Mir on the run to the line to snatch third.

Commenting on his last-gasp run to the rostrum, Bagnaia famous he “risked lots” to make sure he began his manufacturing facility Ducati profession on the podium.

“I took numerous danger within the final lap as a result of after a race like this, I used to be not pleased with no podium,” he mentioned. “So, I pushed lots, I risked lots to chase Johann and Joan.

“And once I see Joan goes broad within the final nook, I attempted to exit extra excellent than my quickest lap in qualifying and it was unimaginable to not overtake him as a result of our bike is so robust and with an exit like this it was unimaginable to not overtake him.”

Miller conceded ninth was higher than nothing, however says these are outcomes he ‘doesn’t need’ now he’s a manufacturing facility workforce rider.

“Now we’re within the manufacturing facility workforce, we don’t wish to be in ninth place however that was the playing cards we got immediately,” he added.

“It’s higher than zero factors – 9 factors is healthier than zero – however, we have to perceive what occurred immediately and work on it for subsequent week. We’ve one other race right here in seven days so we have to analyse and attempt to work on it.

“For positive, within the wind was a little bit of a wierd one however I felt like I had the bundle to combat, for half of the race not less than, to combat for the victory. I felt calm, however seven seconds away [from the win], so we have to discover seven seconds over the subsequent seven days, easy as that.”

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