Miller’s start is spectacular as the Australian rider – who started from the second row – takes the lead then finishing the opening lap in 3rd place. In the first 3 laps Jack fights with Vinales and Marquez for the podium then he is overtaken by Dovizioso. The soft front tyre doesn’t help him, especially in the right corners, then an aggressive maneuver of Rins makes him lose contact with the leading group. Miller finishes eighth the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Gran Prix.
Bagnaia’s feeling with the medium rear tyre is not the best, and in the first laps his race pace is not incisive. On lap four the Italian rider is 15th but has the merit of staying focused, then managing to overtake Aleix Espargaro in the final straight to gain the 12th position.