Ducati’s Miller feared he’d lose quickest Doha MotoGP time

Miller dominated the sphere in second apply for the Doha Grand Prix on Friday when he posted a 1m53.145s lap within the closing levels.

Nevertheless, he did so having been following Nakagami when the Japanese rider fell from his Honda at Flip 7. MotoGP guidelines stipulate a rider’s lap might be robotically cancelled in the event that they set it passing by way of a yellow flag zone, although Nakagami’s crash was nonetheless occurring as Miller rode previous, which means no warning had been thrown.

“I checked the sector popping out of T6, and as quickly as I got here out of six and appeared on the sector [time], after I appeared up I noticed the mud,”stated Miller. “He [Nakagami] was nonetheless rolling at that time.

“I believed the lap can be cancelled, I used to be instantly on him and had no probability to decelerate. I pushed [for] one other lap anyway, I did one other one which was sufficient to maintain me within the Q2.

“I simply wasn’t certain. I’ve been excluded like that earlier than, so I didn’t need that to occur once more.”

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Miller’s time assault try earlier than that lap, which was set to place him prime of the session, nearly led to catastrophe at Flip 14 when his Ducati nearly flicked him into the surroundings.

Explaining the second, he stated: “I’m superb from the second, I’ve nothing actually to [say]. It’s a kind of issues while you’re pushing. Higher a second than a crash. Everyone retains asking if I hit myself, however I didn’t. The household jewels are secure and sound!

“From what we’ve gathered of the information, it shouldn’t occur anyway. It has not a lot to do with us. It’s a kind of issues that was unavoidable, however I feel it gained’t occur once more.”

Miller led a trio of Ducatis on the finish of Friday, with Pramac rookie Jorge Martin denied making it a Desmosedici quartet by 0.010s in fifth.

With FP3 situations unlikely to permit for lap time enhancements on Saturday, Martin has secured himself a spot in Q2 in simply his second race weekend – one thing he admits he didn’t anticipate.

“Once they inform me if I anticipated it, I did not know what to anticipate,” Martin stated. “I solely bought on the bike a number of weeks in the past, but it surely’s clear to me that if I need to enhance I am in the best place.

“My aim was to complete within the prime 10 to get into Q2, however I undoubtedly did not anticipate a FP2 like right now. I anticipated the bike to be harder, but it surely permits me [to do] quite a bit, I can push it and benefit from the robust factors and conceal the weak factors.”

Extra reporting by Mark Bremer

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