Dovizioso a “champion at heart”, says Miller

Dovizioso’s split from Ducati at the end of the 2020 season was confirmed on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring, with the Italian later admitting he has no “Plan B” for the future currently.

He went on to win the red-flagged Austrian Grand Prix for the second year in a row to maintain Ducati’s unbeaten streak at the Red Bull Ring, moving him 11 points away from the championship lead in second. Miller was set to make it a Ducati 1-2 on his Pramac GP20, but “fumbled” at the penultimate corner when he ran wide and let Suzuki’s Joan Mir through.

Commenting on his “great turnaround” after a disappointing Czech GP, in which Miller was ninth and Dovizioso 11th, the Australian praised Dovizioso’s victory.

“I was ninth and Dovi was 11th [at Brno], so it’s a great turnaround for both of us,” said Miller. “But it was a special weekend in the Czech Republic, it was good to be back up fighting all weekend for decent positions [in Austria]. The team are working really hard, Ducati are working really hard.

 “So, I would have loved to have rewarded them with a 1-2, but I fumbled that one. But anyway, massive congratulations to Dovi. With all that’s going on, I know it can’t be easy on him. But [it] just shows he’s a true gentleman, but also a true champion at heart.”

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