While it was the same story for a dominant Marquez, who claimed his fifth win in Aragon, Miller’s third-place finish was no such formality.
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After starting fourth, Miller quickly muscled his way to second. However, once Marquez bolted, Miller found himself the leader of a long train of riders.
Maverick Vinales and Dovizioso were Miller’s key challengers once Fabio Quartararo fell away, and before too long, Miller had dropped to fourth.
Dovizioso used his Ducati’s power to great effect to move up to second, and Vinales looked strong enough to cling on. However, heading into the final lap, the Yamaha rider had quickly fallen into Miller’s clutches.
It would take a bold move to do it, but Miller did it on the 23rd and final tour of the Aragon circuit, before the Aussie’s Pramac bike became the widest on the track until the chequered flag.
“I just tried to keep my pace,” Miller said before taking the podium.
“We did a lot of runs throughout the weekend, just working on that, and I sort of stuck to it.
“I switched map really early and tried to switch rear tyre, I didn’t want to get sucked into trying to chase Marc.”
Knowing full well that catching Marquez was out of the question, Miller was committed to claiming a trophy.
Dovizioso’s works Ducati was the bike on the move, but once Vinales hit a cliff, Miller knew he could add to his Austin and Brno podiums.
All he needed was a calm head, correct ambition and enough adhesion, and the ability to shut out the intimidation of Vinales’ earlier pass around the outside.
“I rode my own pace, Mav came past but I think he was trying to chase down Marc,” said Miller, who moves into seventh in the standings.
“Towards the end he just started struggling in the long corners.
“I kept my cool and was able to bring home a podium.”
However, Marc Marquez’s rivals are running out of that too.
Marquez’s dominant performance on home soil in Aragon all but helped the reigning world champion to a sixth premier class crown, with the Repsol Honda rider checking out to victory from pole by 4.836s.
Marquez’s championship lead extended to 98 points with five races remaining, but Andrea Dovizioso’s clinical charge to second proved the fight is still there.
However, the hope is all but gone, with Marquez barely working a sweat to take a crushing victory, while Jack Miller battled to a well-earned third podium of 2019.
Marquez won the start and checked out immediately from Fabio Quartararo, and in the blink of an eye, had built a one second lead after the first lap.
Miller passed Quartararo for second, with Maverick Vinales quickly all over the Frenchman for third.
As Marquez extended his lead by the sector, Miller held firm, but Vinales couldn’t find a way past Quartararo despite keeping the rookie under maximum pressure.
All the while, Dovizioso was moving through the field with the Ducati enjoying the long back straight.
Early drama saw Alex Rins cop a long-lap penalty after he wiped out Franco Morbidelli with a late move down the inside at T12. Rins would finish ninth.
Once Vinales cleared Quartararo, it was a question of the Yamaha rider catching Miller. The Australian’s Ducati had the legs, but Vinales was clearly the quicker of the three. A train began to form behind them, with Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi all within distance.
Vinales needed to be brave, and executed a spectacular move on the Aussie. However, the place was never assured with a hungry pack behind, and with Dovizioso passing Quartararo, every corner was crucial in the fight to be best of the rest.
Dovizioso’s charge saw the Italian pick off Miller for P3, before Vinales was eaten alive on the back straight.
Suddenly, Vinales was battling to hold on to his podium, and a gutsy Miller pounced at the beginning of the final lap at Turn 1 to snatch the final spot on the podium.
At the front, the story was the same as the three years prior, Marquez waltzing to an eighth win of the season.
“I was convinced about my strategy, I go out from the box and I felt a good feeling,” Marquez said.
“I pushed in the beginning, took this gap of four-five seconds, didn’t push more. I saw that in one part of the race Vinales was fast, I pushed two-three laps. The distance was stable.
“Happy for this victory. Looks easy, but in the end we’re working very hard. We crashed on Friday, so we are pushing. Dovizioso never gives up.”