Starting from the MotoGP row for the first time since pole in Argentina, Jack Miller was behind only the factory Ducatis of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso at the end of the opening race lap at Misano.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez then put a firm pass on the Pramac rider during lap 2, but Miller felt confident he could fight with the ‘second group’ for what would have been his best MotoGP result since Le Mans in May.

But his hopes were dashed when he tipped off at low speed on lap three, rejoining at the back of the field.