Jack Miller has started the 2016 season in style with two points under lights at the Losail International Circuit.
Jack Miller has started his 2016 MotoGP campaign with a points finish, the Australian coming home in 14th place in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix in Doha on Sunday night.
Starting from 18th on the grid, Jack made his trademark storming start and was 14th at the end of lap one, and rose to 13th a lap later in a fierce battle with the Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro and Ducati rider Scott Redding.
Jack continued to scrap with Eugene Laverty (Ducati) and Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) for the majority of the race, the trio separated by less than three-tenths of a second after 22 laps, but Jack unfortunately at the back of the three-bike train as it flashed across the line.
After a non-finish under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit on his MotoGP debut a year ago, and considering he came into the 2016 season-opener after an injury-affected preparation, Jack was pleased to see the chequered flag.
“I finished the race and learnt a lot, so that’s the main positive to take away from tonight,” he said afterwards.
“It’s the first time I’ve done full race distance since my pre-season injury and my leg didn’t cause me any problems – I am really happy with my physical condition.
“I was having a good battle with Laverty and Bautista but I made a small mistake on the last lap that let them back through, so that was a shame.”
Jack finished over 12 seconds ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate Tito Rabat in the race, which was won by reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
The MotoGP season next heads to South America and the Grand Prix of Argentina on April 3. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit was the site of Jack’s maiden MotoGP points last year when he finished 14th to be the leading Open-class runner. It’s a race in front a passionate and packed crowd that he’s excited about.
“Now we can look forward to Argentina where I had a strong result a year ago,” he said.
Full race results can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.