Jack Miller fined for Bautista altercation

Tom Howard

Monday 8th May, 2017 - 12:53pm

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Jack Miller remonstrates with Alvaro Bautista after clash

Rising Australian MotoGP star Jack Miller has been fined for pushing rival Alvaro Bautista after the pair crashed during the Spanish Grand Prix.

MotoGP stewards deemed Miller had breached regulations when he shoved Aapar Ducati rider Bautista in the back after a collision at Turn 1 on lap 6 at Jerez.

A frustrated Miller remonstrated with Bautista before kicking out at the Spaniard’s bike.

The Townsville rider has been fined €1,000 ($1,484 AUD) for his actions following a review of the incident.

Last year’s MotoGP winner at Assen says the altercation was the result of built-up frustration during the race.

“I pushed him, it’s not the right thing to do,” said Miller.

“It was just the frustration because the first five laps I had so many people run me wide.

“There was no way he was going to stop the bike for turn one.

“The problem is here, you have this asphalt run-off so they can still turn, come back and do it again two laps later.

“So it was a pain in arse with that in the first three laps and then I was closing the gap to (Andrea) Dovizioso and then it happened again with (Danilo) Petrucci, he did the same thing but he was able to get past.

“Then me and him were going and then (Alvaro) Bautista tried the same thing at turn one and took me out with him.

“I mean there was no way he was going to stop the bike for turn one, he came in hot, I was already halfway into the corner and then he lost the front and cleaned me out.”

The Spanish Grand Prix was won by Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who led home team-mate Marc Marquez and Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo.