Fabio Quartararo’s aggressive overtaking at the MotoGP Indonesian Grand Prix was deemed “unnecessary” by Ducati’s Jack Miller, however, Quartararo “doesn’t care” about the Australian’s objections.
Miller overtook Quartararo in the beginning stages of Sunday’s shorter Mandalika race to take the lead for a brief while before being passed by defending champion Miguel Oliveira on the KTM.
Quartararo had a minor touch with Miller at the Turn 2 right-hander in an attempt to revenge for Miller outdragging him after a mistake entering the last corner.
Miller was left angry after the Yamaha rider eased past him on lap 16 of 20 to recover second.
“It was not a fight,” Miller said of his early battle with Quartararo. “I just passed him and he precedes to ride his motorcycle into the side of my leg.
“Quite clearly like he did with Johann [Zarco]. I don’t think it’s necessary, once somebody passes you, to immediately accelerate towards their front tyre.
“I will quite happily have a word with him about this, because it wasn’t the first time.
“And as we saw with Johann as well. You can pass, that’s okay. But that doesn’t mean you open the gas and aim for my front tyre that I’m gonna crash.
“I don’t think that’s fair, he rode into the side of my leathers.
“I clearly had better pace at that point of time. I come from ninth on the grid and he was on pole and I was faster than him.
“So, it was just an unnecessary risk at that time to bump me in my leg. That’s all.”
Miller is overreacting to the event, according to Quartararo, who says he has “nothing to say” about it.
“I don’t care. I don’t care, because he’s the one in the paddock in the past that has [made] some aggressive [moves] also, and I think my move was not really aggressive,” Quartararo responded.
“I just didn’t really expect to touch and my touch was not something big, was a really small touch.
“I don’t know if he watched it on TV, but before talking he better watch because I didn’t do anything wrong.
“He was talking to me on the bike but I couldn’t hear nothing, but I saw he was not happy.
“But I didn’t make any strange move, like [I didn’t] attack him.
“He just overtakes me in Turn 1, I saw he was running wide and I just closed the line.
“So, I would also like to have the comment from other riders if they saw it as a non-respectful move or not.
“From my side, if I make a bad move I say sorry. But that one, I have nothing to say.”
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