Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash
Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy
On the 13th lap of MotoGP's Doha GP, the lead group headed up by Jorge Martin was starting to stretch out. Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir, lapping in sixth position just behind Jack Miller, was prompted to make a move on the Ducati rider. On the entry to Turn 10 he carried a little extra speed on his Suzuki to try and take advantage of a slight gap that the Australian had left open on the inside.
There was contact, which Mir apologised for, taking his right foot off the peg and raising his leg. But the apology clearly wasn’t enough for Miller, who took the opportunity when Mir ran wide out of the last turn to take his position back without a thought for where his rival would return to the track. According to the data from the Suzuki, the contact between them took place at 190km/h (118mph). There are several reasons to believe the Australian rider was looking for revenge on his rival, who was quick to criticise a manoeuvre that he was convinced was deliberate.
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