“No Consistency” as Jack Miller Gets Two Penalty Points

06/02/2014 @ 5:47 am, by David Emmett9 COMMENTS

No Consistency as Jack Miller Gets Two Penalty Points 2014 Friday Italian GP Mugello MotoGP Tony Goldsmith 04 635x422

Jack Miller has been handed two penalty points for his last-lap clash with Alex Marquez, which caused Miller, Marquez and Bastianini to crash.

The Red Bull KTM rider made a very late lunge up the inside of the leading group at Scarperia, but clipped the back of Miguel Oliveira’s Mahindra, which forced him to stand the bike up and into the path of Alex Marquez. Marquez ran into the back of Miller, and the two riders fell, taking out Enea Bastianini with them.

After the incident, Miller accepted full blame for the crash. “I went in there a little bit too aggressive, trying to overtake too many people at once,” Miller said. “There was a bit of room there, and I went for it, but Oliveira closed the door. I touched his rear tire, stood it up and almost had it, then Marquez ran in to me from behind. It was completely my fault.”

Though he was happy to admit blame, he was unhappy with being given two penalty points for it, and made his objections very clear to the members of Race Direction.

“I’m surprised I didn’t get any more points, after I started swearing at them. I was waiting for the third one to be added on there,” he joked.

Miller’s main objection was a lack of consistency in when and how points were awarded. There have been several last-lap incidents so far this season, which have gone unpunished.

“That was my argument to them. I said there’s no consistency whatsoever. It’s a joke,” he said.

The penalty points would not change his approach to future races, he said. If the same situation were to occur in the future, he would still try to make a pass.

If it happens again, “I go for it again, but I do it a little bit smarter,” Miller said. “If you see a gap, you go for it. If you don’t do that, then what the hell are you doing out there? I’m here to win races.”

Miller said he could not afford to make any more mistakes this season. “It’s my one mistake for the year,” he told us. “Like Casey Stoner said, like many others said, you can have one chance for the year, one false move. That’s mine done, now I have to get back on the horse and do what we’ve done in the other five races.”

Photo: © 2014 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. Xan says:

    Good. Regardless of inconsistency, it was a ridiculous move that not only hurt himself, but also hurt two guys with a good bit of points. It’s one thing to be brash going from 16th to 15th, but screwing up like that near the front is selfish and amateur.

    Lost a lot of respect for Miller this weekend. He needs to formally apologize to Marquez and Bastianini.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Thanks goodness for riders like Miller who make it interesting.

  3. It was a hard pass, but this is motorcycle racing. When there are nine young riders all within shot of winning a Grand Prix in Mugello, they should have all lunged for the gap. This is racing.

    Miller was a stand up guy, taking responsibility, but there were so many riders in that group anything could have happened. I think the penalty was both steep and inconsistent, as miller says.

  4. Xan says:

    @Jonathan: I hope you’re trolling. Go watch destruction derby if “interesting” is some idiot trying to take an impossible gap and potentially killing people. Of course there is a good amount of risk in motorcycle racing, but that in no way justifies what he did. Not to mention the race was fantastic the entire time. Miller screwing and potentially ending two guys season in no way enhanced the entertainment value.

  5. Xan says:

    @highside specialist: stand up guy for taking responsibility? He hit a guys back tire causing him and two others to crash. Recognizing that doesn’t make him a stand up guy, it just means his brain is functioning.

    Moto3 has been by far the most interesting series of the year, but apparently the other commenters here would prefer that people just bash into each other until someone limps across the finish line.

  6. Cam says:

    Miller took a chance but Oliveira closed the line so quickly there was no escape. You can’t victimize Miller for a move these guys do regularly. Most times it works and everyone calls it hard racing. Occasional it doesn’t. He’s not the serial killer you’re trying to make him out to be, just another young hot head guy racing against about 30 other young hot heads. It’s bound to happen, but if penalties are handed out all offenders should get them. Not just the ones in the spot light.

  7. Mika says:

    None should claim Oli closed the line….Oli rode the normal line he needed to exit turn.
    It is the rider behind that needs to judge speed & rate of closure

    If your over your head/skill with a dash & smash into a spot that
    will surely be occupied by those in front of you since it is the racing line…Then it is you
    who are at fault not those in front of you on the racing line or even line of their choice.
    These are not back marker riders these are riders that passed you previously/cleanly

    I love Jack’s braking style & race craft for the most part
    But here in the heat of battle he made a miscalculation
    It happens but as others have said… sad for those who
    were knocked out of points precious to their season.

  8. Faust says:

    Guys, calm down it’s just moto3. When almost everyone on the track is a teenager, sometimes people are going to try something that’s not advisable. He knows better now, and unless he makes it a habit it’s not a huge issue. He said he was going to try to be smarter and that it was his mistake. Give the kid a break. Teenagers make mistakes, it’s not exactly surprising.

  9. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    kinda disagree with you Faust. These aren’t just “teens doing what teens sometimes do” any more than Lebron James was “just a teen” his rookie year in the NBA.

    These are professional athletes. Ya, their ages, most of them are still in the teens, but trust me, they’re being trusted with a bit more responsibility than the kid who mows your lawn or delivers your paper.

    Miller went for it. I get that. I like that he owns his mistake. He’s probably already spoken to the other riders he took out.

    The two points is a message to Miller and the others. The message is–moves like that better not become a pattern in Moto3. And hey, look, all the greats get a few points. Comes with the territory.