Jack Miller considers the penalty for the loss of a position imposed on Joan Mir short because of the contact he had with him in the last race, and claims not to understand what leads the Spaniard to run in that way.
The Australian and the Mallorcan have been on the track since the beginning of the year, when, during the Doha Grand Prix, second stop on the calendar, they were held stiff on the straight, in a horrifying maneuver by Miller, who took justice into his own hands after being overtaken by # 36, very aggressively.
On that occasion the stewards considered what happened as a career set, although they demanded the presence of both in the next appointment, in Portimao, where they recommended calm.
Two weeks ago, in Misano, Mir and Miller They were stiff again, and the last one took place this Sunday, in Austin, in one of those last lap actions so difficult to judge.
Both were fighting for sixth place, with Miller ahead of Mir, and when approaching Turn 16 of the Texas track, Suzuki’s was a little more aggressive than normal to the point of reaching the Desmosedici of his opponent, who saw, helplessly, how he lost two positions and crossed the finish line eighth.
As soon as he passed under the checkered flag, # 43 went to look for # 36 to reproach him very angrily for his action. Miller even grabbed him by the hull of his helmet and even threatened him, Mir later claimed.
Shortly afterwards, the stewards decided to impose a sanction on Palma’s that consisted of the loss of a position, a circumstance that made Miller finally finish seventh and the current champion, eighth.
“Carrera Directorate does what it wants. At Misano, Dominique Aegerter received more than 30 seconds of penalty for a similar action (with Jordi Torres, in the MotoE race). In fact, they imposed the sanction that allowed Torres to win the championship. I don’t make the rules, ”Miller said.
For Mir, the ‘aussie’ corridor had been confining itself to closing doors for several laps, without much meaning.
“I was protecting my line, and there was no gap there. In Misano he did the same to me. I don’t care if he apologizes, every time I’m with him the same thing happens. I have lost count of the times that Joan has thrown me out ”, explained the Ducati, one of the most honest members of the grid.
“What I have to do is work not to be in those positions. I should be one of those who attacks at the end of the race, not those who defend themselves,” said the driver from Townsville, who, in the absence of three great prizes for the end, occupies the fourth place in the general table, 26 points behind the third, which could not be other than Mir.