FIM Press Release: Estrella Galicia 0,0 Protests Against Jack Miller Rejected

After the incidents between Jack Miller and Alex Marquez, and between Alex Marquez and Danny Kent, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team protested the behavior of Miller and Kent to Race Direction. Race Direction held hearings with all riders concerned, reviewed the evidence, and rejected the protests. Today, the FIM issued a press release containing the official statement from Race Direction on the events:


FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Decision of the Race Direction

Miller-Marquez

A protest by the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Team was received by Race Direction following the Moto3 race of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The protest is against rider #8 Jack Miller for non-sporting behavior. Specifically it is alleged that Miller intentionally made contact several times with rider #12 Alex Marquez with the intention of taking Marquez off his line, to make him lose positions or to make him crash.

A Race Direction hearing was held with both riders and a team representative from each in attendance, and both riders were interviewed about the incidents.

Having reviewed video evidence and the evidence from the riders it is the unanimous decision of Race Direction is that the incidents in question did not contravene the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

No further Race Direction action will be taken, therefore the protest is denied.

No appeal was lodged therefore the decision of Race Direction is final.

Kent-Marquez

A protest by the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Team was received by Race Direction following the Moto3 race of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The protest is against rider #52 Danny Kent for non-sporting behavior. Specifically it is alleged that Kent intentionally slowed down in Turn 6 knowing that rider #12 Alex Marquez was behind him, with the intention of slowing Marquez.

A Race Direction hearing was held with both riders and a team representative from each in attendance, and both riders were interviewed about the incidents.

Having reviewed video evidence, expert independent analysis of data logger evidence and the evidence from the riders it is the unanimous decision of Race Direction is that the incident in question did not contravene the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

No further Race Direction action will be taken, therefore the protest is denied.

No appeal was lodged therefore the decision of Race Direction is final.

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2014

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... this week... had he not made numerous hard overtakes himself he might have been justified in the claims against Miller, but his outburst at Kent was totally inappropriate for what was one of the cleanest overtakes of the weekend. Bad loser (& he still leads the championship!)... he should take a leaf from his brother's book on that one.

Strong moves by Miller, who I'm not a fan of, but I'm less of a fan of Alex after this weekend. I hope he gets stuffed for the title.

Total votes: 137

A lots at stake here and his management will try any trick in the book to swing the momentum his way, 11 points is a buffer for the last round but Miller seems to have the mental edge just now.

Alzamora is juts doing his job, they would have known it was a non starter before they went in to complain but anything to unsettle the opposition is worth a try .............

However, Alex Marquez owes John McPhee a big thank you for falling off on the last lap, without #17 throwing his Honda into the grass Marquez could have been 6th.

Total votes: 104

MM has already been hounded by the media about a wildcard appearance in Moto2 or Moto3. So the ground work has been laid and he never ruled out that possibility. Pretty sure Marc has enough clout with Honda to get a number 93 Moto3 bike made available to him for the last race if he desires one to ride in front of his fellow countrymen.

Now the burning question is will the Miller fans be as understanding and forgiving toward Marc if he dashes inside Miller a half dozen times at Valencia?

Total votes: 130

There is currently nothing in the rule book to prevent a rider from racing as many classes as he wants to in a day.

However, you are completely right about Honda not wanting Marc Márquez to risk injury racing in another class.

Total votes: 111

Miller brake checks riders in qualifying, no points. He goes for a hole that's probably not there and crashes Binder and Kent, no points. This week he chops Marquez a half dozen time, no points.

As someone who grew up racing on California dirt tracks 3-4 times a week I understand hard racing, and contact. I also know that in racing at any level you get what you give.

I think young Mr. Miller will find that out soon. If not this year then the next.

Total votes: 132

I find it dissonant when Mike Webb says that what Jack did in Sepang was fine, but they're not to do it in Valencia.

Total votes: 129

Jack's moves sure did remind me of Marco Melandri's signature move.

Now, let's say Marquez was to blame for Aragon, although I believe he was not (I am A.Marquez biased, will admit). Even though it would still not be okay, it was a move that was made once.

The problem for me wasn't in Miller's hard move, it was in Miller's hard moves, the plural here being the key.

I don't know how Marquez didn't think to simply change the tactics, but Miller's intent, to destabilize and force another rider into error was clear, and if it were my decision, after the third or fourth attempt I would have ordered him to give the position back.

Same way I believe Marc's move on Lorenzo in Jerez 2013 was suicidal and race direction should have given him a time penalty.

Once is okay, 4 times is not, employing the same tactic which is used to brute force a rider is not okay.

Jack Miller is phenomenal on brakes, and an all around great rider when it comes to his talent, but when it comes to his behavior he is a brute with a short temper.

I don't think that a radical penalty system should have been employed but that I believe that he should have been ordered to give back the position at least once, yes I do. That way he would have had the chance to fight for it, without cutting off the other guy.

Total votes: 122

If something is legal to do once it's legal to do every time.

Race direction found no issues - that's the end of it.

Your argument that doesn't stand any scrutiny. You're engaging in a game with mobile goal-posts when you do that, exactly what rules are meant to stop.

Total votes: 114

Except that Race Direction is the same group, led by Mike "Neville Chamberlain" Webb, who have done nothing to stop the waiting on the line for a tow practice this year in Moto3, have turned a blind eye to the previous times Miller has t-boned someone, ignored the fact that this time it was deliberate, multiple contact with a title rival, hoping that the guy would hit the ground, and decided last year to make MotoGP riders race on tires that would come apart at one-third race distance.

And at this point, Webb and crew really can't issue a penalty for anything that happens in Valencia. They've ruled that multiple contacts with your opponent are OK. So it's open season once the track is hot, happy hunting, and if someone goes to the hospital or the morgue, oh well ...

I'm sorry, but I wouldn't let Webb decide what to order for lunch, let alone run a professional race series.

I do sincerely hope that KTM has security for Miller from the moment he gets off the plane in Spain. And I hope that the fans in Spain don't take matters into their own hands and "do whatever it takes when a championship is at stake" on or off the track.

It is really hard to overstate what a mess Race Direction has made, step, by step, of Moto3 this year.

One more prediction: It would not surprise me to see Honda back out of its contract with Miller. The guy needs a therapist, not a MotoGP ride ...

Total votes: 125

What makes you think that Honda will back out with Miller? They signed Crutchlow for next year on the LCR bike. And he's put his foot in his mouth plenty of times. Then there's Simoncelli who was dangerous to be around on track. He was riding a non-Repsol factory Honda. Honda has been making moves to secure a future with riders who will beat the Yamahas.

Total votes: 114

... or to secure the future by eliminating potential competitors. One way of making sure that someone like Miller doesn't ever beat the factory guys is to sign him to a long-term deal and stick him on the proddie bike for the entire time.

Consider: This season, Miller has punched people on the track, hit other riders, picked a public fight with the entire Marquez family for no good reason. And oh yeah, he spent the entire last race bashing away at the guy with the best and only chance of winning the Moto3 title for - yep, Honda.

A professional rider's job is to represent his team and his sponsors. Miller comes across as a spoiled, self-centered brat with a temper, who is likely to incur the wrath of other competitors and teams.

Is that the guy you want representing your multi-million-dollar racing program and the millions-of-dollars sponsors?

Total votes: 113

I don't know if Miller deserves the opprobrium that you have heaped on him but this post of yours made me laugh. And I don't mean it sarcastically. The idea of Honda hiring Miller to ensure knocking off likely competition is really funny, in the right sense of the word. A bit of humour always makes for good reading. Thanks, I really enjoyed reading this post.

Total votes: 93

is to win races and championships. Anything after that is just fluff. This is world championship racing - do you expect him to just let them past, and shrug saying "Their bikes are faster". I'm not sure I like the guy particularly, especially his tantrums in practice/qualifying, but you have to admire his determination/fight/spunk.

Total votes: 116

or Movistar or AGV or any of the other sponsors--you know, the ones footing the bill for our entertainment--how important the "fluff" is.

Total votes: 92

Honda would never sign someone who was embroiled in controversy every other race, crashed into his rivals on more than one occasion, rode dangerously in practice and qualifying sessions even injuring other riders....
oh hang on they did, and he won the last two world championships.

Total votes: 131

Personally I would suggest that together with his riding, it is Miller's attitude that has opened the opportunity at Honda so would suggest that it is more likely that Casey Stoner will win the 2015 World Championship than it is of Miller being dumped by Honda.

All teams love a rider who is fast and has a desire to win and Miller is that.

Total votes: 102

So far this year, Race Direction has handed out 14 penalty points in Moto3 for loitering on the racing line. That is hardly "nothing". It has not made much difference, because when you have 33 motorcycles with almost identical performance, getting a tow is the only way to go faster than other riders. The towing is a natural consequence of the class and its technical regulations. There was a lot less towing in 125s, because it was a two-tier class, those on the Aprilia RSAs, and the rest. Riders on an RSA didn't need a tow, as they could set fast laps without them. Some of the riders on old kit couldn't even keep up with the RSAs in the tow.

The only effective way of discouraging riders from getting a tow is by putting anyone guilty of it at the back of the grid. But even then, there are will still be a number of riders for whom it makes absolutely no difference. There is not a great deal of difference between starting 24th or starting 33rd, so they might as well try for a tow anyway. As long as Moto3 keeps the current technical format - a format which offers massive benefits in terms of close racing and the opportunity for talent to shine in a lesser team - riders will be getting a tow.

As for Mike Webb, he is the straightest man in the paddock. I would happily ask him to take my Ferrari and deposit several million dollars in untraceable cash in my Swiss bank account, while taking my nymphomaniac supermodel wife along for the ride, knowing that the money, car and wife would all arrive exactly as I left them. Of course, the chances of me having a Ferrari, several million dollars in cash and a supermodel wife are about as high as the chances of me reaching the moon by pogo stick, but that's neither here nor there.

I really enjoy your contributions to the website. They are well thought out, well written, and invariably completely wrong. On the situation with Mike Webb, you could not be further from the truth, Webb is absolutely the best man for the job. He is as incorruptible as Eliot Ness, and tries to balance a sense of fairness without getting in the way of racing. World championship motorcycle racing, like all professional sports, is a harsh and ugly business, where the athletes compete to win. They will do whatever they can get away with. Webb has unwaveringly held to the line that attempting to race is fine, as long as you retain control of the bike.

Miller controlled that bike, and that race, completely. The times there was contact between Miller and Marquez, contact was a consequence of the two coming together, not of one rider riding into the other. Miller put his bike where Marquez wanted to be. We call this a block pass, preventing the rider from taking the line he wishes to, but offering him an opportunity to take an alternative, slower line. Miller's riding was dirty, but it was legal. There was a championship at stake. If you are not trying to win a championship, you have no business in World Championship racing.

Total votes: 135

Interesting read in Cycle News. Mike Webb is to introduce a new rule to try to stamp out the practice of waiting for a tow. Sidebar on this page of Cycle News.

Total votes: 96

From Mike Webb in the the Cycle World sidebar:

"I'm hatching a new rule that will allow me to penalize riders as I see fit."

Um, er, isn't this the first thing every evil dictator does....

Total votes: 100

"Well thought out, well written, and invariably completely wrong ..."

Hey, two out of three ain't bad!

:)

We will have to disagree here as to whether hitting one particular competitor - your only title competitor - multiple times in the same race constitutes "retaining control of your bike." If it does, I'd say that it's like arguing in your defense at a murder trial that you hit with all six shots, so therefore you were in full control all the time, and you'd like to leave now, please. Race Direction's ruling smacks of a pre-ordained conclusion that they constructed a rationalization for.

I think Miller hit Alex Marquez more times in that single race than Marquez has hit all of his other competitors in all of the races this season. And as I've mentioned before, block passes don't end in contact.

It's not about trust. It's about the ability to act (hence the Chamberlain reference) when circumstances warrant. I might trust someone to take my millions and my nympho wife to the bank in my Ferrari, but I'm not sure that's the person I want in charge of my multi-million corporation. (Actually, now that I think of it, I'm ABSOLUTELY sure that's NOT the person I want in charge. I want Patton in charge of my business operations. I'll let Mother Teresa handle the Ferrari/nympho bank deposits, but I don't want her handling my hostile takeover of Google.)

Each of the criticisms I have leveled against Webb have been echoed, singly, by others (including yourself, David, and Mat was particularly critical of Webb's decisions at the 2013 PI round). All I've done is point out the pattern. And if you ask me, the "penalty points" system has proven to be little more than a way for Race Direction to appear as though it is taking action when actually doing nothing.

The saddest thing: Not only did Miller throw away a badly-needed race win, even a title isn't going to be helpful in the long run. Marc, Valentino, they got into MotoGP on top-flight rides because they were in a league of their own when it came to speed, not because they were more adept at throwing elbows and bashing competitors aside. Maybe the technical regulations of Moto3 don't allow that anymore, but you could argue the same about Moto2, and Marquez looked like he was on a literbike in those races. And make no mistake, Miller is still going to have to prove that he deserves the full-factory bike. He'd be better off running away with races rather than cage-fighting for points. I note that Vinales is going to MotoGP next year, and the two guys in front of him in points are staying in Moto2. Why? Because Vinales is perceived to be faster.

Total votes: 114

Actually it was Marquez hitting Miller - who was on the racing line each time there was contact.

The only thing Miller was hitting was the apex

Total votes: 104

Only if you work in insurance. Last time I looked the apex had black stuff to one side, green or gravel to the other, and a red & white rumble strip marking the line.

Total votes: 108

Like running someone over with your car? Once might be legal. To do it six or seven times, well?

Total votes: 100

My comment when i switched on Moto3 with 6 laps to go, was "ooh, Jack's being naughty!". It was clear to all but FIM's expert data logger analysis guy/girl that Jack and Danny were up to no good. I am a big fan of Jack's and really would have liked to see him win the championship, but I think he was clearly over the line on Sunday. He should have been given enough penalty points that he couldn't do anything similar this week without risking losing championship points. The trouble is, Alex got away with his hard move that resulted in Jack crashing and has no penalty points, so he can pretty much do what he likes in Valencia. I don't think, given everything that has happened between the two this year, that one of them should have to ride with one hand tied behind his back at the last race.

My prediction is that both boys will play the "man, not the ball", at Valencia. I think that as a result, neither will win, which will hurt Jack more than Alex.

2 Marquez' to win titles this year! Have we ever had two brothers winning a GP title in the same year? History in the making.

Total votes: 108

Alex made no such hard move on Jack in Aragon, Marquez had the position coming down the straight already. As a rider it is his responsibility to stay on his bike in that circumstance, Alex stayed on his no less than 6 times on Sunday.

What I like about Marquez (both of them) is they conceal their emotions extremely well. First Casey, now Jack what is it with these petulant Australians?

Total votes: 105

What would MM say if he was forced into the gravel or even worse a crash .........
I don't think he's still smilin' then .........

Total votes: 106

"What I like about Marquez (both of them) is they conceal their emotions extremely well. First Casey, now Jack what is it with these petulant Australians?"

You mean how Alex Marquez concealed his emotions at the end of the race?

Yep, he did conceal it well, what with the arm waving and swearing I reckon nobody had any idea at all that he was upset and disappointed.

Funny how you call Miller petulant but overlook a display of similar behaviour from others and even go so far as to suggest that the emotions were concealed. If that is concealed then heaven help when he lets loose

Oh, and there are examples of Marc's petulance as well if one wishes to look

As for aussies, well I don't call it petulant at all but do call it emotional and personally I would rather it than the fake fun that we have seen for years

Total votes: 110

You claim was that the Marquez's conceal their emotions well, it had no mention of Miller's antics in Qualifying and given that it is not the topic of discussion it has little to no relevance.

Besides which, as Krop has pointed out, there have been a number of infringements handed down by Race Direction regarding riders loitering on the fast line during practice which does support some of Millers practice antics (does not excuse them mind)

So again I ask, if the emotions of the Marquez family are well concealed, what would you call frantic and angry hand waving at another rider, seeming verbal abuse or attempted bullying on the slow down lap and ample examples of swearing and petulance in the pit lane?

Is that concealed emotions?

Total votes: 99

I thought Alex concealed his emotions quite well on the warm down lap. Petulant...Nah

Total votes: 101

The Sepang race is what everybody (except Marquez) wants, isn't it??
Controversy, great racing, drama.

Fanboys can throw their passions behind their favourite rider.
Snipers and trolls get to act out their perverse fantasies on-line.
Objective commentators get to trawl through the details to find evidence and present it to readers.
Viewers are on the edge of their seats wondering what will come next.

Seems to me the audience for the final Moto3 race will be bigger than usual.

Total votes: 110

The worst that could happen was if MotoGP moved toward F1 rules.
Miller had only one tool in his box and that was braking.
Passing others late on the brakes is never going to be pretty. You steal the line and upset the other rider. But it's still a legal way of passing even drifting wide. This was never close to any T-boning and as such was ruled legal. That is a Good Thing.
My biggest surprise is that Marquez wasn't able to change tactics. Passing Miller and watching others doing the same thing and always to be re passed at turn 1 he seemed to almost force the last incident upon himself. Very disapointing.

Total votes: 122

Miller going into Turn 1 was an awesome display of braking prowess. He actually could have run away with the race had he not been so intent on pushing Marquez wide. But Miller not only took the line, he then moved outside said line--with, it seemed obvious to me, the specific intent of saying "screw you" to Marquez. Not just once, but repeatedly. That he was able to get past all the other riders without ever doing it speaks volumes.

Racecraft or cheating? Fair or unfair? Useful sociopathy or full-blown insanity?

He's The Great Jack Miller. Get out of his way or suffer his wrath. He's giving you the choice. Brad Binder showed us all how it should be done. Race hard and don't upset TGJM.

Total votes: 114

Not sure if you've been following Moto3, but when's the last time someone ran away at the front? If it wasn't for Miller's incredible braking performance the Honda's had his number just on power. There was no running away.

Total votes: 99

A runaway by a KTM? That's a bit optimistic.

I believe Mat Oxley said it very well. I share his point of view but I am slightly biased as I root for Jack now, but that's because of what he did last sunday, not despite it.
I like racers that can fight for a win despite obvious disadvantages.
I also disagree that JM put anyone in danger at qualifying. All the drafters put them selves and others in danger. The track is all about speed and the danger is not fast moving objects but slow objects.
Give all those piling up a hard penalty. Move them back 10 pos on the grid or something The difficult part it what criteria to use. Or maybe change the whole qualfying and make it like SBK superpole used to be. One and one bike.

Total votes: 105

Firstly, for all those saying what goes around comes around...it's happening already. Miller wasn't the first to start this by any stretch of the imagination. Aragon was the starting point for all this and it was Alex that started it.

Secondly, Miller made a bad move in Mugello and took out Rins (and someone else), he put his hand up, and got 2 penalty points for it. The difference this time was quite obvious (to me anyway). Everytime he went to overtake AM he always made the corner. As Miller himself says, he simply put the bike where AM wanted to be and left it up to AM to decide. He didn't punt AM off at any point (like MM did to JL last year at Jerez). While I do agree that Miller needs to calm down about the riders waiting for a tow all the time (it looked absolutely dangerous on the back straight at Sepang), I hardly think he needs a therapist and is not at risk of losing his Honda MotoGP ride.

As for the data logger guy/FIM not being aware of what Danny was up to, in the www.crash.net article (which David referenced here) it was explained very clearly that the data logger showed evidence of Danny losing traction, shutting the throttle off to regain traction and then opening the throttle up again. Sure Danny would be trying to help his mate Miller out, but there was nothing sinister about what happened there. Unless you think that Danny deliverately lit up the back to have to slow down for a split second.

Jack Miller wasn't the first person to use a slower bike to beat a faster one using tactics...and he definitely won't be the last. At least I hope not.

Total votes: 128

Check out the hard move that miller pulled causing a crash on the last lap, that is when this all started.

Total votes: 105

You mean Mugello? The round to which I specifically stated in my comment? the round where he knocked off Rins? What does that have to do with his battles with Marquez?

Total votes: 105

Yes, Mugello. And no he took out Marquez that race. That was the beginning of him pulling the "I will put my bike where he wants to be" move, but that time there was already another bike where Miller wanted to be and had to brake causing him and Marquez to crash out.

[Moderator's note: post edited. Please refrain from attacking other posters. Your point is made well enough by your statements.]

Total votes: 109

"As Miller himself says, he simply put the bike where AM wanted to be and left it up to AM to decide."

I believe one A. Senna used to do that, and he was a total mug who never acheived anything.

Total votes: 91

To me, the Sepang Moto3 race was much the same as the infamous 2008 Laguna Seca race only with different characters as Miller played the role of Rossi on a slower bike using all of the resources be they fair or close on foul, to see off the faster bike of Stoner (Marquez).

In 2008 the majority of people (fans) concluded that Rossi had conducted a masterclass to the young upstart that was Stoner and had schooled him in racecraft, yet today many lambast the same tactics when they apply against the seeming chosen one. Why?

What Miller did was within the rules and all he did was put his bike where Marquez was trying to be which to me is good racing. Yes there were collisions but none were hard enough or forceful enough to force a loss of control and Marquez's reactions may have made it look worse as he had more to lose (and thus unintentionally took exagerrated evasive action)

One thing is for certain, Valencia will be fun but I do just hope that the two protagonists are allowed to fight it out themselves without others getting involved

Total votes: 112

So what you're saying is that leaving the racing surface to take advantage is OK or punting a fellow into the gravel is OK depending on who you are?

Total votes: 94

... I suppose there are similarities... MM was safe in going off circuit to beat Rossi only because Rossi had done it so famously to Stoner a few years earlier & had got off scot free. If there's a precedent & you're doing it to the person who got away with it last time what can anyone say?... but that's where the similarity ends.

... & as I saw it Alex was extremely vocal in his outburst towards Kent on the slowing down lap. That wasn't his team trying "any trick in the book", that was toys out of the pram by 1 spoilt brat. Again, Stoner was guilty of it at LS 2008 but apologised... Rossi never did after his outburst in Turkey 2007. I doubt Alex will.

Total votes: 97

Laguna 2008 simply doesn't compare, at least not for me. In that race I don't think VR set out to cut the corner, he just ran out of road, took to the gravel and somehow got away with it. Both riders were riding beyond their limits in that race, whereas last weekend was far more pre-meditated.

Total votes: 94

I don't think that VR set out to cut the corner either, that just happened and he managed to stay upright ............. but Miller did not leave the track either in Sepang.

To me, the similarities are about the slow bike vs fast bike and the way the race was managed by Miller who to me did to Marquez just what Rossi did to Stoner (in tactical terms) in 2008.

Total votes: 102

Nope, what I am saying is that we had a slower bike that ridden in a manner that ensured that the faster bike was kept behind them at places on the track where the fast bike had the advantage.

IMO, Rossi got away with the off track at Laguna as most riders would likely have crashed.

But yes, I am saying that the outcry resulting totally depends on who you are as Rossi was lauded for riding in a manner to keep Stoner behind him, whilst Miller is attacked. We should also not forget that it is said that Rossi did ride Stoner to the edge of the track and beyond in 2008, but that Stoner backed out. We also then saw Stoner's reaction which was called childish and petulant, but here we have some defending Alex Marquez for similar outbursts (and in some cases, these same people are critical of Miller for his outbursts)

MotoGP is and has been for some time about who you are as it determines what is acceptable and what is a whinge from a fan perspective (all IMO of course)

Total votes: 95

You said "I do just hope that the two protagonists are allowed to fight it out themselves without others getting involved". That's not what Jack's thinking - with an 11-point deficit to Alex he NEEDS others to be involved. If Jack can win, Alex has to be 4th or lower for Jack to take the title.

If he can manage the race so that happens, he will be very lucky, or a bloody magician!

Total votes: 84

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