Perilously wet roads proved to be most drivers’ bane at Assen, but the torrential downpour had waterbaby Jack Miller surging ahead of the rest to first place.
Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) has something of a superpower on the track. In inclement weather, he’s happier than a bathing mallard, not least because the rain has the rest of the competition quailing. When intermittent showers assailed the track at TT Circuit Assen, he leapt from 8th place to first ahead of Repsol Team Honda star Marc Marquez at the end of lap 3. Putting plenty of distance between them, the Australian flaunted his ease in the wet by rearing up on his hind wheel as he crossed the finish line.
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“I don’t often say this, but I’m lost for words. I feel incredibly emotional right now and it is hard to describe the sensation of winning for the first time in MotoGP. I felt confident and fast in the first half of the race but it was the right call to red flag it because the conditions were getting pretty dangerous. The track was really slippery for part two as well, but I immediately felt comfortable. I could see a few riders making mistakes, but I just kept my focus and concentrated on being fast and consistent without taking any silly risks.”
There’s more than one reason to be proud, of course. Aside from putting up a rather heroic performance in difficult climes, he’s bagged himself quite a few honours. He’s the reason the Australian national anthem rang loudly and triumphantly out of the speakers since Stoner’s Philip Island victory in 2012. He has also become the first satellite rider to win a race since Toni Elias in Portugal since 2008. With such covetable achievements to hang on his belt, he celebrated quite appropriately by drinking from his shoe, a uniquely Australian victory custom and a fitting up yours gesture to the ankle injury that’s been bothering him since January this year.