Jack Miller has been handed two penalty points for his last-lap clash with Alex Marquez, which caused Miller, Marquez and Bastianini to crash. The Red Bull KTM rider made a very late lunge up the inside of the leading group at Scarperia, but clipped the back of Miguel Oliveira's Mahindra, which forced him to stand the bike up and into the path of Alex Marquez. Marquez ran into the back of Miller, and the two riders fell, taking out Enea Bastianini with them.
After the incident, Miller accepted full blame for the crash. 'I went in there a little bit too aggressive, trying to overtake too many people at once,' Miller said. 'There was a bit of room there, and I went for it, but Oliveira closed the door. I touched his rear tire, stood it up and almost had it, then Marquez ran in to me from behind. It was completely my fault.'
Though he was happy to admit blame, he was unhappy with being given two penalty points for it, and made his objections very clear to the members of Race Direction. 'I'm surprised I didn't get any more points, after I started swearing at them. I was waiting for the third one to be added on there,' he joked. Miller's main objection was a lack of consistency in when and how points were awarded. There have been several last-lap incidents so far this season, which have gone unpunished. 'That was my argument to them. I said there's no consistency whatsoever. It's a joke,' he said.
The penalty points would not change his approach to future races, he said. If the same situation were to occur in the future, he would still try to make a pass. If it happens again, 'I go for it again, but I do it a little bit smarter,' Miller said. 'If you see a gap, you go for it. If you don't do that, then what the hell are you doing out there? I'm here to win races.'
Below is the official FIM press release announcing the points:
FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Gran Premio d’Italia TIM - Decision of the Race Direction
On 1 June, during the Moto3 Race of the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, whilst attempting a passing manoeuvre the rider #8 Mr Jack Miller crashed into two other riders resulting in all three riders crashing out.
This is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.
A Race Direction hearing was held with the rider in attendance.
The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of two Penalty Points to the record of rider number 8 Jack Miller, according to Article 22.214.171.124 of the 2014 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.
No appeal was lodged.
The decision of Race Direction is final.