Jack Miller Keen To Finish Third - "The Difference Is A Pretty Substantial Sum"
Jack Miller was abruptly taken out of the race by Alex Márquez at his home Grand Prix on Phillip Island. However, the Aussie is still keen to finish third in the standings.
Miller’s retirement last weekend through no fault of his own means that he is no longer in the title fight. But his teammate Pecco Bagnaia has a first match point in Sepang in the penultimate race with a 14-point lead over Fabio Quartararo.
MIller got taken out by Alex Marquez in Phillip Island- Image provided by Motorsport Images
“The ball is now in Pecco’s court, he just has to finish it. I think he can do a good job, that’s for sure. But if it doesn’t happen here, then we’ll see how it turns out in Valencia,” Miller explains the current championship situation.
But despite the championship situation, Pecco Bagnaia can not necessarily rely on his still teammate, because he continues to pursue his own goals.
Miller is self-confident:: “My main goal – for me personally – is still to get third place in the standings. That’s still within the realm of possibility, even if it’s a long way off.”
For the Aussie, a third place in the World Cup seems to make quite a big financial difference. He explains, “At the end of the day, though, this is an individual sport and I’ll try to do my best. The difference between third and fourth is a pretty substantial amount – from zero to actually something.”
With two races to go, Miller trails third-placed Aleix Espargaró by 27 points. In between, however, is four-time season winner Enea Bastianini, who currently has twelve points more than his predecessor in the Ducati factory team.