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MotoGP 2023 – Round Two – Argentina

2023 MotoGP Round Two – Argentina

Jack Miller

“Coming through from 16th to sixth here in Argentina on a day like this with the rain and the spray, you can’t be too disappointed with that. It was a day when you can lose a lot, so to leave here with some decent points and with a lot more knowledge makes it a good one, all in all. It would have been a lot nicer to start up the front when it’s wet like that though – for one, you’re not absolutely drenched by the end of the back straight on the first lap!

Jack Miller

“When I got through the midfield and got to the pointier end of the group, I put in a couple of decent laps and the times were really fast, and I thought ‘we’re on here, it could be decent one’. I could see myself reeling in the boys in front. But then I just hit a massive wall – I don’t know if I cooked the rear tyre or it just got a little bit hot on the edge, but immediately it was like night and day on the next lap. I tried a whole heap of combinations with the (engine) map and found something with less power and less traction control, having the bike a bit more ‘free’. So we definitely left something on the table set-up wise.

Jack Miller was in the thick of the action all race, having extended dices with many riders, primarily Johann Zarco

“I definitely wanted more than sixth after how well Portimao went, but we had an unfortunate qualifying and I had to salvage something from there. We’ll definitely have to improve that in Austin, but we know how to do that. Qualifying just let us down, but we saved tyres, we were being too conservative and we shouldn’t have been – everyone else wasn’t. That cost us, and then came the rain in Q1 … I mean, it wasn’t ideal. But we’ll learn from that – I can do things better, and the boys can do things better as well. It’s just a matter of learning each other, and I feel we’re well on our way.

Johann Zarco and Jack Miller had a long battle trading positions but ultimately the Frenchman made a move stick then chased down the leaders…

“I was happy enough finishing 10th in the sprint, even though finishing a second outside the points was pretty frustrating. Moving forward from 16th was good at least, and in the end I wouldn’t have minded some more laps, that’s probably the first time in my career that I’ve prayed for more laps than there was! (Teammate) Brad (Binder) was unreal though, winning the sprint … he qualified one position in front of me on the grid and made it work, that’s for certain. Couldn’t believe it! He definitely rode a mega race.

Miller’s KTM team-mate Brad Binder won the Saturday Sprint Race but took no points on Sunday

“The sprints and in terms of who they suit – they suit me to a degree, but there’s plenty of riders who can turn it on for half a race distance so I don’t think it’s some big advantage for me. I reckon the people it suits most are the fans at home, because they’ve got two absolutely awesome shows so far. I thought the Portugal sprint was awesome to watch – I watched it back. I was glued to the screen, even though I knew what was going to happen because I was in it! As the season progresses, I think they’ll get even better.

Jack Miller in front of Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin

“With the way Portugal ended up and a few of the boys – Marc (Marquez), Miguel (Oliveira), Enea (Bastianini) and Pol (Espargaro) not riding here – there was a lot of crap, basically, spoken about what went on in Portimao. I think the weekend there was a smash hit, the sprint race was a smash hit. Sure, it was unfortunate that four guys got injured but unfortunately for Pol, his was a crash that could have happened at any weekend. No-one wants to see what happened with Marc and Miguel, I think that was avoidable … but we can’t blame that and the other incidents on the sprint race. I’m sure whether it’s a sprint or the Grand Prix, that sort of thing is going to happen at the first round because everyone’s been off the bike for nearly four months, they’re all eager to prove something in the first round. It’s what happens.

Jack Miller on the grid in Argentina

“Austin’s next and I always look forward to being in America – I’ve had a front row and a couple of podiums there, so getting back on the box with the new bike is definitely the priority when we get there in a couple of weeks.”

Jack Miller is now sixth in the championship with 25-points

MotoGP Race Results

Pos Rider Nat Man. Gap
1 Marco Bezzecchi IT Ducati 44’28.5180
2 Johann Zarco FR Ducati +4.085
3 Alex Marquez ES Ducati +4.681
4 Franco Morbidelli IT Yamaha +7.581
5 Jorge Martin ES Ducati +9.746
6 Jack Miller AU KTM +10.562
7 Fabio Quartararo FR Yamaha +11.095
8 Luca Marini IT Ducati +13.694
9 Alex Rins ES Honda +14.327
10 Fabio Di Giannantonio IT Ducati +18.515
11 Augusto Fernandez ES KTM +19.380
12 Maverick Viñales ES Aprilia +26.091
13 Takaaki Nakagami JP Honda +28.394
14 Raul Fernandez ES Aprilia +29.894
15 Aleix Espargaro ES Aprilia +36.183
16 Francesco Bagnaia IT Ducati +47.753
17 Brad Binder ZA KTM +48.106

MotoGP Championship Points

Pos Rider Nat Points
2 BAGNAIA Francesco ITA 41
3 ZARCO Johann FRA 35
5 VIÑALES Maverick SPA 32
6 MILLER Jack AUS 25
7 MARTIN Jorge SPA 22
8 BINDER Brad RSA 22
11 MARINI Luca ITA 15
12 RINS Alex SPA 13
14 FERNANDEZ Augusto SPA 8
15 NAKAGAMI Takaaki JPN 7
18 MIR Joan SPA 5
19 OLIVEIRA Miguel POR 3

2023 MotoGP Calendar

Rnd Date Location
1 Mar-26 Portugal, Portimao
2 Apr-02 Argentina, Termos de Rio Honda
3 Apr-16 Americas, COTA
4 Apr-30 Spain, Jerez
5 May-14 France, Le Mans
6 Jun-11 Italy, Mugello
7 Jun-18 Germany, Sachsenring
8 Jun-25 Netherlands, Assen
9 Jul-09 Kazakhstan, Sokol (Subject to homologation)
10 Aug-06  Great Britain, Silverstone
11 Aug-20 Austria, Red Bull Ring
12 Sep-03 Catalunya, Catalunya
13 Sep-10 San Marino, Misano
14 Sep-24 India, Buddh (Subject to homologation)
15 Oct-01 Japan, Motegi
16 Oct-15  Indonesia, Mandalika
17 Oct-22 Australia, Phillip Island
18 Oct-29 Thailand, Chang
19 Nov-12 Malaysia, Sepang
20 Nov-19 Qatar, Lusail
21 Nov-26 Valenciana, Valencia

Source: MCNews.com.au

Jack Miller expands on Portimao potential and lessons learned

MotoGP 2023 Round One – Portimao Jack Miller “It’s been a good weekend here in Portugal, all in all. OK, to say I’m massively happy with a seventh would be telling porky pies because we were there running with those boys at the front a lot of the way and I felt like I could […]

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