Qatar GP: Miller’s drop down the field caused by rear tyre issues

Jack Miller has admitted the reason that caused a significant drop down the order during the Qatar GP was an issue with the rear tyre.

Heading into the race, the Australian rider looked to be one of the favourites for the victory, starting from fifth on the grid.

That outcome looked likely as the race began, with the Ducati firing up into the top-three almost as soon as the lights went out.

But that was as high as the 26-year-old got in the race, he was swallowed up by the pack and ended up ninth at the chequered flag, with Maverick Vinales taking a commanding win.

Speaking after the race, Miller explained the problems that stopped his fight at the front.

“Ninth position is definitely not the result we were hoping for, but it’s still important points for the Championship,” he said in a press release.

“Unfortunately, after a good start, I started to have problems with the rear towards the middle of the race, and I had to manage till the end.”

The Australian was not alone in suffering from tyre issues, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo also revealing he too was forced to deal with an unexpected drop off with the rear tyre.

Work will need to be done in a short period of time to understand how the problem occurred, as the second race of the year will also be held in Losail this weekend.

Miller says he and his team will try and figure out what happened ahead of the Grand Prix of Doha.

“I felt really comfortable when I was in third place and was hoping to attack the front guys towards the end, but it didn’t go that way,”  he said.

“Now we will analyse the data to understand what happened and find a solution ahead of the next GP, which will be held again here in Qatar.”