Jack Miller Handed Two Penalty Points- 'There's No Consistency'

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.'

Miller said he could not afford to make any more mistakes this season. 'It's my one mistake for the year,' he told us. 'Like Casey Stoner said, like many others said, you can have one chance for the year, one false move. That's mine done, now I have to get back on the horse and do what we've done in the other five 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 3.3.1.3 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.

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"If you see a gap, you go for it. If you don't do that, then what the hell are you doing out there?" Jack Miller

The last lap of a race is definitely the time to put it all on the line. Consistency has been hit or miss in officiating in this class this year. Take the penalty and move on Jack.

Total votes: 148

It appeared Miller's KTM did not have the top-end speed of several other competitors in that race. Perhaps he would have been better to have made his break for the lead on the second last lap rather than the third to last. He was able to get in front on several occasions through really late braking, telegraphing his move to the other five to six players each time. He was able to lead across the line at the end of laps 6, 11, 13, 16 & 18. The race was 20 laps so the others in the leading gang had two laps to re-gather themselves. Fortunately Miller's reckless action on the final lap did not result in any injury to himself, Alex Marquez or Enea Bastianini. It's the old story: "you gotta know when to hold them, and know when to fold them." Finishing fourth would have seen him leading the championship with 117 points, 18 more than Feneti now has. Instead, he is just five points ahead of Rossi's boy, who appears to have a faster KTM than Miller...

Total votes: 145

Personally, I think Oliveira's move from the far outside of the group then cutting sharply across the bow of several riders and onto the curbing left no where for Miller to go. I applaud Miller for taking full responsibility and not trying to shift the blame but to my eye it would have been appropriate to in this case.

The more that I see of Miller the more that I like him.

Total votes: 117

I like Miller, too. But in this case he came from too far back.
No way for Oliveira to anticipate Jack would be there.

Total votes: 137

I like Jack's style, but this was a rash move. There was no intentional punting off of his opponents, but they still ended up in the gravel.....gotta learn from that.
It's a pity the KTM doesn't have a bit more grunt to match the Hondas, as Miller is having to rely on his great corner entry braking to cover for the KTMs lack of speed. Pity Honda didn't give Jack that speed last year!!!

Really don't like that first corner at Mugello. There's too much width on the straight and some riders go right onto the paint to dive up the inside, with others taking a wide swooping line to hit the apex about to be occupied by the rest of the pack - they look like seagulls swooping on the last chip on the beach. It might be OK in the bigger classes, but the packs in Moto3 don't lend themselves to a good outcome if you're in the middle of all that.

Total votes: 100

Just as there was no way Miller was going to predict Oliveira would come from out wide and head for the rumble strip. Watched the replay more than a dozen times and looked like nothing more than a racing incident to me. It's not like he rammed anyone out of his way to take victory. Now that sort of move would be more worthy of a penalty IMO.

Total votes: 90

Jack Miller might get away with his "get out of the way, I'm coming though" riding style for a while in Moto3, but I've a feeling he'll be caught out when he moves up to Moto2.

Total votes: 121

If Miller wasn't leading the championship, his riding style would not be in the headlines, because they all do it... it's the nature of the class.

Miller in Moto2, now there's something to look forward to in 2015...

Total votes: 119

... are often difficult to apportion blame to & usually happen where 2 riders disagree on which line one should take through a corner (about which there are no rules)... in this case Miller bowled into a pack with no consideration as to how he was going to fit in or come out the other side. Sometimes you may get away with it but it is reckless & deserving of a penalty.

Good job for admitting it was his fault but it was an intentional gamble that had little hope of paying off rather than a mistake... IF he does it again (as he seems to be saying he would) & isn't smarter the penalty should be increased.

Total votes: 125

Great rider and I think that it is his championship to lose but Jack has been looking to pick a fight with Race Direction for weeks. Looks like he got his wish this time. If you run around a bit like a bull in a china shop people are less likely to give you the benefit of the doubt. His move was a bit too aggressive (in his own words) and he left Race Direction with little or no choice.

The point system is subjective and I can understand the riders will get frustrated with it if they feel its not applied consistently. For me the system is only there to give Race Direction the ability to publicly warn a rider when they have over stepped line. For me Race Direction have applied the rule well to this point. Last lap contact can be part of racing but if the 3 bikes end up in the gravel as result of the contact you have to accept the consequences.

What I would like to have heard was what team manager Aki Ajo said to him in private. He is a straight talking Fin who I am sure would not have been impressed by the loss of points. He is likely to have far more influence on him than a point or two from Race Direction.

Total votes: 115

"Jack Miller might get away with his "get out of the way, I'm coming though" riding style for a while in Moto3, but I've a feeling he'll be caught out when he moves up to Moto2."

Oh really ? Well it sure worked out for Marc Marquez in Moto2, didn't it ?

If you think that defines Jack's riding style then you obviously haven't been watching Moto3 this year. He's put in two very hard moves in 6 races but he's had many more pulled on him. It's Moto3 dude. That is what goes down all up and down the running order.

Jack will learn from that rush of blood. Would have been far better to sit back in 4/5/6 and take the points.

Total votes: 125

The riding of MM93 in Moto2 is exactly the reason the current penalty points system was established. And I have to disagree with you about what "defines" Miller's riding. His complaints about inconsistent application by race direction is laughable. He should be careful about what he wishes for. If race direction were more consistent, Miller would have also gotten a point penalty at LeMans, as well as a point to Fenati from one prior move.

Total votes: 118

I don't understand how shutting the door on someone trying to put a block pass on you is deserving of a penalty point, but if you're going down that track about half the field would have got penalty points in le mans and nearly every race this season.
in mugello miller was too ambitious and caused other riders to crash. I think race direction were right to give miller points for this incident, 2 points did seem excessive but I guess the thinking is that if you barge someone out of the way and they don't crash, its 1 point (Fenati) or you cause them to crash its 2 points (Miller). pushing someone wide mid race, assuming they don't run off seems to be worth no points.

Total votes: 102