U.S. MotoGP rider Jack Miller captured a tense victory in a gripping battle in the Moto2 class in Valencia, Spain on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Miller, who finished second in the MotoGP event on Nov. 3, started on pole position with his dominant performance on the day highlighted by him and fellow Honda rider, Johan Rado.
A dangerous collision with Pramac’s Ingo Terlecki moments before the half-way point stalled what could have been a clean sweep for Miller.
Miller was chasing home the quicker Rado and the first lap under way didn’t make things much easier with his teammate battling to stay in front, as took the lead but had to retire on the second lap.
The wheel-to-wheel battle continued over the remaining laps with Miller clearly dictating the pace but behind him Ferarri’s Andrea Iannone appeared to be fighting for the same position.
The Frenchman was still challenging with three laps to go and there were a number of tense moments with Miller needing to hold off the charging Rado to beat him.
Miller managed to hold off his Yamaha teammate and take the win ahead of Osise’s Marco Melandri and Iannone with Terlecki finishing on the podium with fellow Spanish rider Sergi Lopez finishing fourth.
The victory was Miller’s first of the season in Moto2 and he now sits fourth in the overall standings.