Mir penalised for hit with Miller

Jack Miller addresses Joan Mir on the cool down lap. Picture: MotoGP television world feed

Joan Mir has been penalised one position for contact with Jack Miller on the final lap of MotoGP’s Grand Prix of the Americas.

The sanction means that Mir and Miller swap seventh and eighth positions in the 15th race of the season, at the Circuit of The Americas.

The Suzuki rider had dived at #43 at Turn 15 in a late battle for sixth position, with the hit taking both wide and allowing Enea Bastianini to pinch the spot.

Stewards deemed it ‘irresponsible riding’ on the part of Mir, who has history with Miller.

The Ducati rider was seen expressing his anger at Mir on the cool down lap, after a topsy-turvy weekend.

Miller had vented his fury after what he implied was an issue with one of his tyres after qualifying only 10th, before Michelin suggested it was the rider who was in fact in the wrong for being too slow on his preceding out lap.

The Queenslander charged to as high as fourth in the 20-lap race but was fading when Mir came at him on the final lap.

Miller did at least make life easier for championship-contending team-mate Francesco Bagnaia in his pursuit of a podium, letting the Italian past on Lap 13.

CLICK HERE to read Miller’s reaction

Race results: Americas MotoGP Updated

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 41:41.435
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.679
3 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +8.547
4 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +11.098
5 89 Jorge MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati +11.752
6 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati +13.269
7 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +14.722
8 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +13.406
9 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +15.832
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda +20.265
11 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +23.055
12 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +24.743
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +25.307
14 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati +26.853
15 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +28.055
16 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +30.989
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +35.251
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +42.239
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +49.854
DNF 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 12 Laps
DNF 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 15 Laps

Race winner: 20 laps

Championship points Updated

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA 254
2 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA 202
3 Joan MIR ESP 175
4 Jack MILLER AUS 149
5 Johann ZARCO FRA 141
6 Brad BINDER RSA 131
7 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 117
8 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP 104
9 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 98
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR 92
11 Jorge MARTIN ESP 82
12 Alex RINS ESP 81
13 Enea BASTIANINI ITA 71
14 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 70
15 Pol ESPARGARO ESP 70
16 Alex MARQUEZ ESP 54
17 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA 40
18 Iker LECUONA ESP 38
19 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 37
20 Luca MARINI ITA 30
21 Valentino ROSSI ITA 29
22 Stefan BRADL GER 13
23 Michele PIRRO ITA 8
24 Dani PEDROSA ESP 6
25 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA 4
26 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 3
27 Tito RABAT ESP 1
28 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR
29 Garrett GERLOFF USA
30 Jake DIXON GBR

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