After Jack Miller suffered another frustrating race to see his poor spell continue, the Pramac Ducati rider accepts it’s a case of working harder and gritting through it to return to his early-season form.

Having lacked outright pace during practice at the Red Bull Ring, with the sessions curtailed by heavy rain, Miller suffered an overheating front tyre triggered by lack of grip from his rear rubber in the second half of the Austrian race which dropped him out of the points places.

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The lowly 18th place continues his run of underwhelming results having managed to crack the top ten just once (10th place at Assen) since his first-lap crash at Mugello in May.

Miller makes no secret of his difficult run which was triggered by his Mugello off, compounded by a mechanical DNF at the following race in Barcelona, but is eager to work through his frustrations.

“It is difficult to deal with and it is stressful because you have a lot of people asking questions,” Miller said. “But the self-belief is still there. I am the same person I was at the start of the season working just as hard, if not harder, it is just a low point.

“People have these in their lives and in racing perhaps more than other jobs but we will pull through it. I’ve got a lot of motivation and I am keep to come back on top.

“If I could put it down to one thing I would definitely fix it but no I am looking in all areas. Like I said it is just a low point and we are all human.

“I can’t tell you exactly what it is, is it a feeling with the bike, we were great up until Mugello and then after the crash in Mugello and the mechanical things has knocked confidence off so I am trying to find that confidence again and working at it.”

Miller made an impressive start to his maiden Pramac Ducati campaign with top ten finishes in each of the opening five races including the highlight of a dramatic pole position in Argentina followed by fourth place in the race plus another fourth at Le Mans.

The Australian rider made the move from Honda to Ducati over the winter while he will take the factory bike vacated by Danilo Petrucci at Pramac Ducati from next season when the Italian steps up to the works team alongside Andrea Dovizioso.

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