Aussie rider claims first win in wet
MOTORSPORT: Australian Jack Miller has won a dramatic Dutch TT to seal his first ever MotoGP victory in a rain-affected race at Assen.
Three different riders crashed out of the lead, including nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.
The 21-year-old from Townsville took advantage of the chaos unfolding in front of him, as well as a red flag and restart when severe weather hit the circuit, to seize the lead and spark wild celebrations among the Marc VDS Honda team.
Miller, who up until the race had just one MotoGP top-10 finish to his name since his debut last season, also secured the first victory in the premier class for Marc VDS Honda.
“It was nice just to stay on the bike,” Miller said afterwards.
“It was a wet-weather win, but it is great to have it under my belt and let people know that I can ride a bike.”
Marc Marquez finished second and now has 145points to lead the series from Jorge Lorenzo (121) and Rossi (103).
“This race was all about getting points,” the Spaniard said. “Second felt like a victory in these tricky conditions - 20 points will be important in the championship.”
DUTCH TT RESULTS: 1. Jack Miller (Aust) Honda; 2. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda; 3. Scott Redding (Britain) Ducati; 4. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha; 5. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati.