Jack Miller at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo

Jack Miller at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo

Jack Miller has been hit with a three-place grid penalty for impeding Fabio Quartararo during the MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix qualifying.

The Ducati rider had held up Quartararo on the run from Turn 6 to Turn 7 as the Frenchman was going for a flyer early in his second run in Qualifying 2 at Termas de Rio Hondo.

The sanctions drops Miller from an already lowly 11th on the grid to 14th, after he crashed during his first run and failed to improve in his second.

All in all, the Queenslander was frustrated at the end of Saturday proceedings in Argentina.

“I’ve just been told now that I have a penalty; a three-place grid penalty,” he told reporters, before stewards released their Notification of Sanction.

“I don’t know what more they want from me; [after the crash] I swapped bikes, swapped leathers, trying to get comfortable with both…

“It’s not like I was intentionally trying to get in his way”.

Miller and Quartararo clashed at the previous Mandalika race, when the Ducati rider felt the Frenchman had been unnecessarily aggressive, causing contact between them as they battled early in the race.

The Miller penalty capped off a shocking day for the Ducati Lenovo Team, with Francesco Bagnaia originally having qualified 14th, but now joined on Row 5 by Miller.

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