Historic victory for Jack Miller
Winning in the rain in the Netherlands, Jack Miller achieved an incredible feat as he chalked up his first victory in MotoGP. No rider of an independent team had won the premier-class category for more than ten years. The podium won by Franco Morbidelli in Moto2 completed the historic day for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.
After a deluge forced the organizers to fly the red flag before mid-race, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands MotoGP was finally raced over twelve laps after a new start had been given. A sprint that Jack Miller managed to perfection. In the lead by the fourth lap after overtaking Marquez, the Australian kept hold of the top spot from then on all the way until the chequered flag. As he says:
“When I’d overtaken Mark, I tried to ignore the fact that I was in a MotoGP Grand Prix for the first time in my career. I tried not to think about winning and keep calm. It’s a day I won’t forget in a long time.”
Despite a fall early in the race, Tito Rabat managed to get back on track to cross the finish line in eleventh position.
In Moto2, the riders of Team Estrella Galicia were also in the spotlights. Franco Morbidelli made it to his first podium of the season after leading the race for six laps. Determined this time to reach the finish, Alex Marquez crossed the line in eighth position.
By scoring twenty-five points in one go, Jack Miller has jumped up in the MotoGP championship standings. He is now thirteenth, ahead of Scott Redding and Bradley Smith. Despite the five points he scored, Tito Rabat has slipped back to twentieth place.
In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli has climbed up to sixth position, while Alex Marquez who had not scored any points since the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas has moved up two places. He is now twentieth overall.
“The conditions were ideal today for an independent team to surprise us all, but seizing that opportunity was something else. Jack managed to do just that this and we can only congratulate him.”
At the finish of the eighth round of the championship, Michael Bartholemy lacked words to express his joy and pride in his team.
“The last few laps were terrible to watch as the tension was enormous. The conditions were really tough, and Jack still had Marc Marquez hot on his heels. He didn’t make a single mistake, it’s just fabulous. We can be proud of him, as well as of everything we’ve done with our partners since we decided to join the premier-class category in 2014. Loads of people dream about winning a MotoGP all their lives without ever managing to do so. We’ve achieved that goal in less than three years with a young rider in whom we’ve always had faith. Being the first independent team to win a Grand Prix since 2006 is just fantastic.”