Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera has criticised MotoGP newcomer Jack Miller after the pair collided in the Dutch TT at Assen.

Both riders ended up in the gravel and Spaniard Barbera said he was lucky to escape serious injury following the tangle at the final chicane on the first lap of the race.

"Everything was set to make a good race [after lapping in 1m 32.5s during morning warm-up on a worn tyre]," said Barbera.

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"But the race was finished for me before I complete the first lap - Miller missed the brakes going in to the last chicane and he hit me.

"I don't really know was he was thinking about, because it was impossible for him to make the turn. I was lucky to walk away unhurt because it was a bad crash; my right leg was caught with the rear wheel of his bike," he added.

"I know Miller is a rookie, he has no experience with these bikes, but you have to be clever because the race was 26 laps and you can't win in the first one. This is racing and now we have to think in Germany."

Barbera said he felt he had an excellent chance of finishing the race as the top Open class rider on Saturday.

"I'm angry, because it's sickening when things like this happen. I was looking forward to this race, in Barcelona was the same and I couldn't show my performance, and here it happened again," he said.

"I was convinced that today I could be the best Open bike and we had been working really hard during the weekend to find myself confortable on the bike."


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I really like Barbera... still think he deserves a better ride - maybe next year with a more level playing field he'll be a regular in the top ten...

As for Miller... meh, he hasn't got many friends to lose...