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Italy MotoGP: Jack Miller ‘pissed off’ by Penalty Points

“I got two Penalty Points and I was surprised that I didn't get more once I started swearing” - Jack Miller.
Moto3 title leader Jack Miller bemoaned a lack of consistency in the application of Penalty Points after being punished for the last lap incident at Mugello on Sunday.

The Australian was handed two Penalty Points after contact with Miguel Oliveira resulted in Miller, Alex Marquez and Enea Bastianini all crashing out.

Miller took responsibility for the incident, which began when he made an ambitious outbraking move to try and get back into a podium place.

"I went a little bit too aggressive into the corner and tried to take a few too many people at once and I ended up on my arse," said the Red Bull KTM star.

"There was a bit of room there and I went for it, but then Oliveira closed the door. I touched his rear tyre and I stood it up and almost had it, but then Marquez ran up my arse and I went over the front.

“It was completely my fault but nevertheless I'm pissed off. [Race Director] Mr Webb talked to me and I got two Penalty Points and I was surprised that I didn't get more once I started swearing. I was waiting for the third one to be added on at the end!”

Miller had been on the receiving end of an aggressive last lap move in Argentina, being one of two riders hit by Romano Fenati as the Italian snatched victory. Fenati was handed one Penalty Point by Race Direction, but Miller felt a lot of other aggressive last lap moves had gone unpunished in recent seasons.

“That was the argument that I had with them and that's why there were a few f-bombs thrown around in there. It was a joke and I said that there's no consistency whatsoever about the system.

“What's two Penalty Points anyway? It's a slap on the wrist, they'd be better off just saying 'don't do that again'.

“We live and we learn and that's my one f**k up of the year. The rest of the season is all business and as Casey Stoner and others have said, 'you can have one mistake for the year' and that's mine done. I've got to get back on the horse and do what we've done at the other five races.”

When asked if he would make the same move again if the opportunity presented itself, Miller emphatically declared that he's racing to win:

"I'll go for the move again but I'll do it a bit smarter. Would I do the exact same thing again, knowing I could crash again? Yeah, if you see a gap you go for it, otherwise what the f**k are you doing out there? I'm here to win races and sure the championship is the ultimate goal, but it's a bonus at the end of the year."

Miller now holds a five point lead over Fenati, who won at Mugello.

Penalty Points accumulate during the year with punishments given once 4 points (back of the grid start at next race), 7 points (pit lane start at next race) and 10 points (disqualification from next race) are reached.

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June 03, 2014 2:44 PM

I would say 2 penalty points is understandable as Miller took out a couple of other riders. When Roman Fenati was given 1 point, he only shoved Miller a bit, Miller didn't actually come off the track! Jack Miller is proving to be one of those who can give it out, but can't take it!! A little man with a big head and and even bigger mouth!!

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