Jack Miller began Sunday's Dutch TT with a best MotoGP race finish of eleventh.

The 21-year-old finished it as the first non-factory rider to win a MotoGP race since Toni Elias at Estoril in 2006, having splashing to a brilliant debut victory for both himself and the Marc VDS team in a restarted race.

"Just getting the win feels good enough. I can't deal with any more emotions!" said Miller, when asked about ending the decade-long satellite win drought. "It's an amazing feeling to do this for myself and the Marc VDS team. We've been through some tough stuff this year with me breaking my leg and Tito breaking his collarbone.

"We've been working so hard and to get it done here is an amazing thing. I had some good luck in Moto3 here and also some bad luck, I probably lost my championship here. It's a special place for me and a great track."

The Australian admitted he had been more than happy to settle for ninth place when the original race was halted by torrential race. "I was really content with that. I thought, 'Shit! Why are they restarting it?'"

The weather conditions had improved enough for a 12-lap restart, which saw Miller sensationally pass double world champion Marc Marquez and take the lead on lap 4. Miller then kept the factory Honda rider at bay to the chequered flag to become MotoGP's first new winner since Ben Spies, at the same circuit, in 2011.

"I saw Marc wasn't in the mood to fight back. Or he didn't have to fight back, probably because he thought I was going to throw it down the road three corners later! Then I tried to manage the gap as best I could.

"In the last four laps I was just waiting for it to be over. I knew he wasn't really coming back to me and I was just trying to stay on two wheels. On the last lap I was thinking of Vermeulen when he won [in the wet at Le Mans in 2007], all those guys.

"To get the first one out of the way is nice. I might be on another dry spell after this, that's for sure.

"We were lucky today with the rain. But all weekend we've been getting faster and faster. It happened before in Mugello and Barcelona. We were unlucky there. We've changed a lot the structure and how we work in the team.

"I've also been working crazy hard on my physical condition to become more of an athlete as well. I have to thank Cal. He can be credited with this as well.

"Today being calm also paid off. I put myself in a good position. I was quite comfortable doing that pace and I didn't have to do anything crazy."

But that doesn't mean the Australian has suddenly become risk averse.

"I drove here from Andorra with my bike in the back of the van and I'm going to do motocross this week. If you see me with a broken leg next week, you'll know what happened!"

Miller broke his right leg in January while training on a motocross bike.

The Australian, who began the race just 21st out of the 22 point scorers in the world championship standings, is now up to 13th position.

By Peter McLaren


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