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Jack Miller battles to career best MotoGP finish in Barcelona

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Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller ended an emotional race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a career best 10th place finish in the MotoGP World Championship.

The 25-lap race took place in baking hot conditions that saw track temperature peak at a punishing 48 degrees, but Miller coped brilliantly with rapidly deteriorating grip to claim the first top 10 of his premier class career in a race that captivated a crowd of close to 100,000 fans.

After Miller and and team-mate Tito Rabat finished inside the points scoring places together for only the second time in 2016, the pair can now look forward to making further progress with the performance of their Honda RC213V in tomorrow‰Ûªs one-day post race test session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy to be back in the points and I had a big fight throughout the race and really enjoyed it," Miller said, "I tried to conserve my tyres because I knew we would lose some grip in the hot conditions and it was a strategy that paid off.

"I definitely feel like I got the most potential out of the bike today. I tried to save the tyres in Jerez and I probably conserved them too much and felt I could have pushed more. But today I gave it my all and I used the whole performance potential of the rear tyre. To finish in the top 10 for the first time in my MotoGP career is a really big boost for me. My guys have stuck with me all through a difficult first part of the season and I‰Ûªm happy for the team. And I dedicate my first top 10 in MotoGP to my friend Luis Salom, who I will miss greatly.‰Û
Jack Miller
Tito Rabat produced a truly heroic performance to score his first World Championship points since round three at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Riding just 15 days after breaking his left collarbone in Mugello, Rabat secured 14th place with a daring overtake on Michele Pirro on the final lap.

‰ÛÏI am really happy to finish inside the points in my home race and I want to thank all the people that helped me to get this result just over two weeks after I broke my collarbone," Rabat said.

"It was very a physically demanding race for me in the hot conditions but I‰Ûªm so pleased to get more crucial mileage under my belt on the bike and I was able to gain a lot of experience, despite being less than 100% fit. I made a bad start in the race but I recovered well and made some good overtakes and I‰Ûªm happy to finish. It has been a difficult weekend after the sad passing of Luis Salom and I was determined to finish for him. Now I can focus on continuing my recovery to be back to full fitness in Assen.‰Û
Tito Rabat

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