With that overtaking at the last corner, Jack Miller thought he had hit the jackpot, but someone got the better of him in the thick of it. Whether it was his fault or not, it was Miguel Oliveira who duped the Australian rider by denying him his victory at the Red Bull Ring.
But the Australian is still satisfied with what he did at the end of a weekend, which was not exactly simple from a physical aspect.
“Yesterday’s fall was really strange,” the Pramac rider said. “I ended up on the ground, and I thought it was the usual fall. Then, as I walked back to the pits, I felt like I had a knife in my back. It was a really bad feeling. In fact, I had to take painkillers and undergo therapy until 11 pm last night.”
Too bad it didn’t end here.
“This morning, at 7, I also had to have an MRI scan, which revealed a ligament injury. When I got back on the bike, I had to make some changes, in order to have more riding comfort. What can I say? I’d like to thank all the people of the mobile clinic who were able to help me from the first moment by offering me their contribution.”
About the race.
“I feel bad for Mir, but the red flag for me was lucky. After the restart, I felt strong and with a good pace, so much so that I could think about winning. I tried to until the end with Pol. I carefully prepared and studied that last corner but, in the end, it didn’t go as I thought.”
The winner was Oliveira.
“Miguel won because he was the smartest. If he hadn’t been there, I would have been on the top step of the podium. It’s a bit like the Moto3, when you get to the last corner with a lot of riders and there’s the risk of overtaking and being overtaken. Today, it went like this. He was smart, while I hadn’t considered him.”
In the end, Jack has to console himself with a second place. A performance that, however, relaunches his World Championship ambitions.
“I don’t want to talk about the title. The last time I did, it didn’t go well. I just want to continue on this course, trying to be competitive in Misano and then confirm myself in Aragon and Valencia, two tracks that I like. There will also be Portimao that, with its ups and downs, it seems like you’re doing motocross. We’ll see how the situation will be.”
His last remark was about Vinales’ problem.
“In Austria, as well as in Motegi, the brakes are put to the test. Maverick was really unlucky, but these are things that sadly happen sometimes. The race could have continued, but the rule says that, if the air fence is damaged, you have to stop.”