Marc VDS EG00’s Jack Miller secured his debut MotoGP victory in torrential rain conditions this afternoon at the TT Assen, in a re-started race ahead of Marc Marquez and Brit Scott Redding.
Rain began to fall on cue in Holland as spots fell in the closing laps for the Moto2 race. With the track not drying out in time for the GP race, the riders went out on wet tyres and it was Yonny Hernandez who led the pack in the opening laps of the race. However on the 14th lap the red flags were waved as hail began to fall, lightening was striking and visibility became impossible.
Eventually able to restart the race, riders lined up on a wet track for a twelve lap dash for the victory, all on soft wets. Marc Marquez got a strong start aboard his Repsol Honda machine and led the pack into the opening corner but forced himself wide, leaving Andrea Dovizioso to take the lead on the opening laps.
With a lot of standing water and rain continuing to pour, the conditions seemed tricky and a total of eight riders crashed out of the shortened race, one of the first being Cal Crutchlow aboard the LCR Honda.
Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo continued to struggle at a track he seems to have an issue with and was down in 14th on the second lap, whilst Dovizoso’s hope of heroics in the wet came crashing down at turn 12, losing out on second position.
However what we were about to see was history being made as Jack Miller moved into the lead and rode a mature race to secure his maiden MotoGP victory.
The young Australian took the lead with eight laps to go in the restarted race ahead of Marquez and Rossi, before the Italian crashed out of his third race of the season.
Miller rode a mature race to take his first MotoGP victory in tricky conditions ahead of Marquez and Scott Redding: “I don’t often say this but I’m lost for words, explained Miller. “I feel incredibly emotional right now and it is hard to describe the sensation of winning for the first time in MotoGP. I felt confident and fast in the first part of the race but it was the right call to red flag it because the conditions were getting pretty dangerous. The track was really slippery for part two as well but I immediately felt comfortable. I could see a few riders making mistakes but I just kept my focus and concentrated on being fast and consistent without taking any silly risks. Once I passed Marc I just tried to block out the fact that I was heading for my first win and keep a clear mind. Coming out of the final chicane and seeing the chequered flag was just an unbelievable feeling. My family and I have made a lot of sacrifices to make today happen and it feels amazing. I can’t thank Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS enough. They have given me incredible support and never stopped believing in me. I must also thank Honda and their management for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to show what I can do at this level. It might take a while to sink in but I am going to enjoy tonight that’s for sure!”
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