MotoGP: Jack Miller goes from 'Jackass' to 'Jack Assen'

Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:25am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Australian Jack Miller celebrated a stunning first MotoGP victory on Sunday after rain and slippery conditions caused chaos at a stopped and re-started Dutch TT at Assen.

With top riders such as Italian Valentino Rossi crashing out while leading, Miller mastered the wet track to seize the lead eight laps from the finish and beat Honda's Marc Marquez by 1.991 seconds.

Britain's Scott Redding was third on a Ducati in the 250th race of the MotoGP era.

Spaniard Marquez stretched his championship lead over compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, who finished 10th, to 24 points. Marquez has 145 points to Lorenzo's 121 and Rossi's 103.

Miller was the first Australian MotoGP winner since Casey Stoner at Phillip Island in 2012 and the first on a non-factory bike since Spaniard Toni Elias in 2006.

"I don't know what to feel at the moment," said an emotional Miller, his voice croaking, after crossing the line with the bike's front wheel high in the air.

"A lot of people have badmouthed us and everything like that, and said that this project wouldn't work. And I hope we've shown them wrong and that we can ride a bike, that I'm not an idiot," said the non-works Marc VDS Honda rider.

"Thank you for Honda for taking this risk on me."

The 21-year-old Australian, whose nickname 'Jackass' is written on the back of his helmet, came into MotoGP last year with a reputation for aggressive riding and bold antics.   Continued...