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.
P12 – Pecco Bagnaia
It was a very difficult race. We started with great expectations but it was not possible to do what we hoped to do. From the first lap I had no rear grip and I couldn’t take advantage of the acceleration. In my best race lap I did the same time set in FP1. So we have to check the data to find a solution and finish the season in Valencia in the best possible way.
P8 – Jack Miller
The start was very good and I tried to take my rhythm trying to control the race pace. From lap three, however, the feeling with the front tyre dropped a lot and I couldn’t push anymore. It’s a shame because I felt like I had the pace to fight for the podium. The contact with Rins? It was a very strange race, I suffered a lot of attacks maybe over the limit. But these are races.