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‘Super dangerous’: World champion hits out at Aussie after high-speed clash

Defending MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says Australian Jack Miller intentionally made contact at high speed in the Doha Grand Prix in response to an earlier clash between the two in a highly competitive race.

Spaniard Mir made the first contact at turn 10 on lap 13 of Sunday’s grand prix, acknowledging the nudge by waving his leg in apology.

Miller appeared to retaliate later in the lap with a barge of his shoulder on Mir, who was travelling close to 200km/h. The move sparked an on-track exchange.

Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha eventually won the grand prix in the closest top 15 finish in history.

“We both touched a bit [in the first contact], then I picked up the bike. It was a manoeuvre that I understand was risky, but was not over the limit,” Mir said.

“I was wide in the last corner, and when I came back I saw Jack and he was moving the head like he saw me. I just went to the kerb and he just came across over me and we both touched.

“We almost crashed on the straight, so I think it was super risky, it was a super dangerous manoeuvre … I think that was intentional.”

Miller brushed off the confrontation as “one of those things”.

“We’ve both seen what happened … and we continued to race after that, so not much really on that side of things,” he said. “I got hit, I think three times already before.”

Ducati’s Miller finished the race in ninth, with Mir on his Suzuki in seventh.

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