Rookie Jack Miller scored his first MotoGP points with 14th place in Sunday's COTA MotoGP round.

The Australian, who has joined the premier-class straight from Moto3, repeated his first lap heroics from Qatar to rise from 19th to 11th. However while battling with Stefan Bradl the pair made contact, sending the German down.

"Immediately after the start I overtook Miller and we were fighting for the position," Bradl said. "I passed him on the first corner but he touched me on the rear and I was forced to retire. It's disappointing because we were really competitive."

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Miller, who also clashed with Karel Abraham in round one, dropped back to 15th before spending much of the race battling with Nicky Hayden (Open Honda), Alvaro Bautista (Factory Aprilia) and Eugene Laverty (Open Honda).

At the flag the LCR rider was just a few tenths from former world champion Hayden, also riding an RC213V-RS.

"I had a really good start. I was really happy with the race, I learnt a lot fighting with the guys like Nicky and the rest of the group," he said. "I must improve the management of my tyres over the first few laps. I need to learn not to be so aggressive on the front tyre, and especially the rear, so that I have more possibilities at the end of the race.

"Overall, I am very happy to finish the race and finally get some points. But now we have to make the next step and look to try and finish inside the top ten."

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera was the top Open rider, in twelfth.