Miller and Bagnaia achieved a great result in Jerez after Miller finished in 1st place and Bagania in 2nd place. The Ducati team is happy with their two drivers, but the interesting fact is that Miller and Bagania finished their race in an identical way once before.
That happened back in 2011 in Spain, when Bagania was 14 years old “The most fantastic thing I think I’ve seen this weekend is on the TV. They keep playing it, talking about the Spanish Championship, and I’ll never forget it,” began Miller, talking about a video of himself, Bagnaia, Alex Marquez, Rins, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira, and Pol Espargaro talking about their great memories from the Spanish Championship/CEV days on motogp.com.
“It was my first podium, also Pecco’s first podium, in the Spanish Championship. The problem was I was about the same height as I am now, and honestly Pecco was up to about here on me (points to hip), tiny little guy and if I look back on this moment and think, you know.
I always thought this young kid, how old were you? 13, 14?" " Eh, if you think back, to then, and think that we would be teammates in the factory Ducati Team and be 1-2 in Jerez in 2021… you don’t believe it."
"You say you don’t believe it, but dreams do come true. Yeah, 10 years… that’s pretty impressive. That’s cool, that’s f*****g cool”.
Miller showed great mental strength.
Given the criticism he has been receiving lately, Miller has really silenced his critics and denied all those who doubted his abilities. “I say I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions since the finish, but these last few weeks haven’t been easy.
I’ve been angry, frustrated, not trusting in myself. I will have to say one massive thing, I now have a new life coach let's say,” said Miller. “It’s usually my mum but she’s not really good.
Lucy Crutchlow (wife of Cal Crutchlow) called me up out of the blue during the weekend and said ‘you are good, you are f*****g good, you can do it’, quite aggressive like this." "And she even sent me a text this morning so I have to say a massive thanks to Lucy, because it feels good to hear stuff like this sometimes.
You need it. At the end of the day, we’re all human, we all have doubts”. Those doubts will have been firmly put to bed.