Jack Miller wrapped up his guest appearance in the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship at “The Bend Motorsport Park” on Sunday with a podium finish. The win in both races went to Wayne Maxwell.
Having recently ended his MotoGP season in Valencia with a podium finish, Jack Miller ended his 2021 race activities at “The Bend Motorsport Park” on Sunday with a podium finish in a well-attended home performance at the Australian Superbike Final.
Miller, who qualified second in his Ducati Panigale V4R with standard electronics on Saturday for the two races to be held on Sunday, got off to a good start in the first race but after six laps the race was halted by a red flag. The race resumed over just three laps. Miller got off to a good start early in the second half but then got into some frantic overtakes. Then things went wrong when Aiden Wagner tried to pass Miller, lost his front end and took Miller with him in his fall.
Maxwell won this first race of the day ahead of Glenn Allerton, Crowe Hallyday, Lachlan Ibes and Daniel Falzon.
Later in the day, the second Superbike race was also marked with a red flag status, this time after a mistake went wrong on the opening lap. After the restart, Miller came through fourth after the first lap. Miller then managed to pass Olly Bayliss, son of global superbike legend Troy Bayliss. Next, the Ducati Lenovo Team rider chased after first and second place riders Maxwell and Allerton but the race was too short to catch up with the pair. After winning the first race, Maxwell crossed the finish line again as the winner ahead of Allerton and Miller, who finished off his guest appearance with a podium finish.
Halliday finished fourth in the second race of the day after coming eerily close to Miller in the closing stages, while Bayliss rounded out the top five in that race.
In his spare time, Miller greeted fans with quite a few wheels and exhaustion while later stating that he really enjoyed his guest appearance and was happy to finally ride for Australia again.
Jack Miller: “I think we can be very happy with this result. The boys rode really well today. Usually my starts are very good, but with this thing I try to get away like I’m at a traffic light and I can’t! It was very nice. Thank you everyone for coming, it’s great that You see ASBK that way. I love motorcycle racing, which is why we are here and I would love to come back and do it again.”
Full results: Race 1 | 2 . race
Miller will now enjoy a well-deserved vacation at his home in Australia over the two-month winter break before returning to his factory Ducati MotoGP for the first time in early February for a Sepang test.
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