Jack Miller’s Teruel MotoGP race lasted less than two corners when he was hit from behind by rookie Brad Binder, causing the two to fall into the gravel.
The pair started in 14th (Miller) and 15th (Binder) on the grid, but the KTM driver was caught by the peloton ahead huddling at the entrance to Turn 2.
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“There’s not really much to say. A really exciting race, it lasted all two corners,” said Miller. “I had a decent start, I got inside, I passed about three guys, I wasn’t doing anything strange, but I was hit from behind and the bike kind of hit me and started to shake.
“It got worse and worse and I ended up going to the gravel and hitting. It is not ideal.
“Fortunately I’m fine for how bad I fell. Both shoulders [pads] were destroyed, both knees, every piece of the suit was destroyed. So, it definitely did its job. But happy to get away from it. “
Binder was seen putting his arm around Miller in the gravel trap as the Pramac Ducati driver tried to find out what had happened.
“I knew I should have been hit, because it wasn’t a normal highside or anything. I just got up and saw Brad and was like, ‘What the fuck is that?’ ”Miller said.
“I took off my helmet and asked him ‘what happened’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, man, I’m sorry.’ I told him not to worry about it. Sometimes it’s running, especially here, where it’s so tight in corners too.
“When I watched it back, it looked like he misjudged the speed of the group and I was unlucky to be in that place. He needs to come to himself sometimes, but we all did it. This, so I’m not going to sit here and curse it. It is what it is. “
Miller has already suffered four DNFs this season, of which only Jerez was his own accident. A tear was sucked into his air intake at Misano, followed by an engine failure at Le Mans and now the embarrassment with Binder in Aragon.
All of this left the Australian in ninth place in the world championship, with three rounds to go.