Mir and Miller have been debating sixth place when the Suzuki rider made contact with Miller on the Flip 15 left-hander on the ultimate tour, forcing each out huge and permitting Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini to attain sixth.
Race Course subsequently demoted Mir one place for the conflict, dropping him to eighth behind Miller.
Each Miller and Mir have come to blows earlier than in 2021, with the pair making contact in Qatar initially of the 12 months – and Mir joked the Stewards current at COTA will need to have been “on vacation” for the previous incident.
He apologised for the contact with Miller, however feels he had no alternative because the Ducati rider was utilizing “unusual” traces and believes the penalty he acquired was unjust.
“Nicely, to begin with I need to apologise as a result of I don’t prefer to create contact in overtakes,” Mir stated when requested by Motorsport.com to elucidate what occurred with Miller.
“That is the very first thing. I used to be struggling loads to speed up, I couldn’t overtake.
“He was loads slower than me and I needed to wait to the final laps to organize one thing.
“I did an incredible manoeuvre within the first sector on the chicanes, I used to be capable of overtake him in an excellent method, however then we arrived to the straight and he simply overtook me and gave me a few tenths [to claw back].
“Then he was simply closing the traces, he was not caring about using, he was simply contained in the corners, virtually straight. Nevertheless it was a bit bit unusual.
“Within the left one [T15], on that nook it’s a great nook to overhaul, then I took the within after which he within the second a part of the braking he [closed the door] and he simply made a very tight line that I didn’t count on it.
“I touched the kerb to attempt to keep away from the affect, then I touched him a bit. Fortunately, we didn’t crash.
“I feel the penalty is totally… I don’t perceive it as a result of if all of the races are like this you don’t overtake – you simply don’t attempt. The racing will lose its essence.
“In all probability the Stewards weren’t the identical ones as in Qatar with what occurred to me and Jack, they have been most likely on vacation. I don’t respect the choice of Race Course.”
Miller had stern phrases with Mir on the cooldown lap at COTA, however didn’t later go into a lot particulars on the conflict – solely that it was a “recurring” factor for him.
“What occurred was on my final lap, I used to be final week in Misano, and as soon as once more I received hit out and we received handed by two guys,” Miller stated.
“So, it’s what it’s, Race Course did what they did. There’s not an excessive amount of to say about it, it’s only a recurring incident.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce, Joan Mir, Workforce Suzuki MotoGP, Jack Miller, Ducati Workforce
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