News 8 Oct 2019
Wrong button a costly error for Miller at start of Buriram race
Pramac rider accidentally presses kill-switch prior to grand prix start.
Australia’s Jack Miller has detailed the incident that cost him any hope of a strong result in the Thailand MotoGP, accidentally killing the motor prior to the race start.
Miller had qualified sixth on the grid, slotted between factory Ducati duo Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, however, pressing the kill-switch when trying to activate launch control proved costly.
“I was in a bit of a hurry, just trying to do everything a little bit too quickly… turning the launch on and I pressed the wrong button,” explained Miller. “It was the kill switch, so I turned the bike off. As soon as I pressed it, I was going ‘f**k no!’.
“It is what it is. I won’t be having that trouble on the grid again, that’s for sure. It’s just one of those things, with the adrenaline going and everything I just pressed the wrong button.
“I was pissed, don’t get me wrong. I was disappointed in myself, but I just got over it straight away and tried to do everything correctly. I had the pit limiter on, everything like that and got back out of there as quick as possible and set to work on trying to catch back the boys.”
Miller had to push his Pramac Racing entry into pit-lane and restart from there at the rear of the field in 22nd, eventually moving forward to finish in 14th position at the Chang circuit.