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Podium and two scares for Miller in his 'cameo' in SBK in Australia

While most of the MotoGP grid take a break from the recently finished season, Ducati factory team rider Jack Miller donned his suit again this weekend at the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship ( ASBK) at The Bend Circuit, as a wild card .

The goal was to have fun and race again in front of the local fans after not being able to do it in his country since October 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ducati gave him permission to compete in the ASBK and provided him with a pair of Panigale V4Rs.

From the first practice session it was clear that Miller was one of the best drivers and that he had a chance of winning. However, a crash in free practice slowed down the Australian’s performance. The #43 lost the front gear and went to the ground, without major consequences.

Jack Miller, Ducati Corse

Jack Miller, Ducati Corse

In qualifying on Saturday, Miller came within 0.721s of pole. His teammate Wayne Maxwell was clearly faster and left him second on the grid. The 39-year-old entered both races as the favorite and won both, thus also securing the 2021 ASBK title.

Scare in the first race

In the first moto, Miller had a major romp. In his fight for the podium, Miller collided with Yamaha rider Aiden Waigner and crashed. The two made several laps on the gravel and the monkey’s airbag prevented greater evils. In the second race, the MotoGP rider was able to start with the spare bike and, after a bad start, he finished third.

Jack Miller

“I had a ton of fun,” Miller said of his ASBK experience. “Very well, in the first race it wasn’t so much fun when I crashed. But I was able to fight. Luckily we had a spare bike.”

With a better start, Miller could have gotten even more than third place. “I don’t like the standard start control and I think I can do better myself,” he said. In reference to the competitiveness in the ASBK, these were his words: “The level is very high. There is no doubt that Wayne is a great driver.”

2021 ASBK Qualifying Results at The Bend:

  1. Wayne Maxwell (Ducati).
  2. Jack Miller (Ducati)
  3. Daniel Falzon (Yamaha)

2021 ASBK The Bend Race 1 Results:

  1. Wayne Maxwell (Ducati)
  2. Glenn Allerton (BMW)
  3. Cu Halliday (Yamaha)

2021 ASBK The Bend Race 2 Results:

  1. Wayne Maxwell (Ducati)
  2. Glenn Allerton (BMW)
  3. Jack Miller (Ducati) 

Photos: riders who have won races in MotoGP and SBK

Max Biaggi

Max Biaggi

1/17 _

Photo de: Dave Dyer

John Kocinski

John Kocinski

2 / 17

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Mick Doohan

Mick Doohan

3 / 17

Photo by: Repsol Media

Alex Barros

Alex Barros

4 / 17

Photo by: Alessio Morgese

Regis Laconi

Régis Laconi

5 / 17

Photo by: Dave Dyer

Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow

6/17

Foto de: Dave Dyer

Troy Bayliss

Troy Bayliss

7 / 17

Photo by: Fabrice Crosnier

Marco Lucchinelli

Marco Lucchinelli

8/17 _

Photo de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Marco Melandri

Marco Melandri

9/17 _

Photo de: Team Gresini

Pierfrancesco Chili

Pierfrancesco Chili

10/17 _

Photo de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden

11/17

Foto de: SBK Superbike International ltd.

Chris Vermeulen

Chris Vermeulen

12 / 17

Photo by: Fabrice Crosnier

Ben Spies

Ben Spies

13/17 _

Photo by Dave Dyer

Charles Czech

Carlos Checa

14 / 17

Photo by: Dave Dyer

Makoto Tamada

Makoto Tamada

15/17

Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Garry McCoy

Garry McCoy

16 / 17

Photo by: Fabrice Crosnier

Kevin Magee

Kevin Magee

17/17

Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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