Miller raises concerns about Stowe wall after MotoGP British GP FP2 crash

The Ducati rider exited at Turn 7, sliding through the gravel run-off area before making contact with the outer wall.

Although the Australian came away unharmed, despite feeling “too thin”, he thinks the “too tight” corner needs to be looked at and the airbags considered an extra measure.

Miller also said it would have been a “different story” had his GP22 followed him into the wall rather than stopping at the gravel.

“It’s close,” he said, “I’m going to complain or at least bring it up to the safety committee.

“I know myself personally, I went to the gravel backwards, and I slipped backwards.

“I lost all sense of direction for where I was because I started backing off and had no signs at all, so I couldn’t tell if I was in the air or on the ground or something else, and then I headed first to the ground, my wrist bent back and then when I flipped, It hit the wall and then bounced off the wall.

“So I hit the wall and the bike was right next to me.

“I kind of crashed early on the brakes, I saw for example the Bender coming down and it didn’t quite hit the wall, but then Zarco did. Some of the other guys did.

“It’s kind of like that, and especially if there’s a connection or something, it’s something that needs to be looked at I think in the future, because it’s so scary.

“I spent some time there this morning and even just trying to stop the bike from getting into the gravel, even though you have the runoff area after that, it’s pretty tight.”

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

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Miller summoned a Tech3 racer Jonas FolgerThe huge plane crash in the corner in 2017, he said looking at that incident made him think it was “a little close”.

He said that while he wasn’t usually concerned with cornering, “just when you have a moment or you hit, like I said, I had no reference at all, one minute I was on the next track, I hit a wall.”

“I was lucky, as I said the bike is here, I was here, but if the bike followed me, it would be a different story.

“There is no airbag where I hit so whether or not the airbags need more rotation we will discuss it this afternoon and try to come up with a solution.

“It’s just one of those things, that’s the thing, the sport is getting faster and faster and we’re accelerating faster, the tires are getting better and better, that’s how it goes.”

Miller said there was a “big cross wind” at Stowe as the air “runs” around the stands there, adding: “While the riders were, the track went up and down where everyone crashed and yes, I got there really fast.

I was trying to stop it, and it didn’t happen, and I shot at the wall. Not perfect, too thin, but was able to go back, swap skins, go back to soft mode and post a decent time.

“I can’t complain too much, we’re in the top 10 so the first job was done in the weekend so now we have to keep going until tomorrow.

“Understanding what the crash was, I clearly know I pushed a lot but I felt like I could push that much, so just trying to get the bike to give me that braking ability in there, especially to do a pass or whatever.”

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