The returning Marquez was beaten by the championship leader Fabio Quartararo when the Honda rider had a brief moment to step on the gas in turn three on the first lap.

This sent Quartararo into a nasty crash, with pieces of his Yamaha stuck in the back of Marquez’s Honda.

When the six-time MotoGP world champion engaged the rear track height device exiting Turn 7, he lost drive from the rear wheel as the system locked up, causing a second collision with the LCR Takaaki Nakagami.

The incident led to renewed debate over whether later technical advances in MotoGP, such as ride height devices and aerodynamic wings, should be banned for safety reasons.

But Miller – whose The Ducati team has opposed all proposed bans on these items in recent years – believes the gadgets are not to blame for what happened at the first lap in Aragon.

“Yeah, I mean, that’s part of it. At the end of the day, it’s racing, shit’s got to happen,” Miller began.

“Should we blame them? [gadgets] are we now Seems like shit happens when you ride other people’s asses.

“The bike itself seems perfectly fine, so I don’t think we can blame the gadgets for this circumstance.

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Photo: Dorna

“If somebody runs over somebody else’s ass and breaks a lot of the components of the motorcycle, of course the motorcycle won’t work properly.

“I mean, either way, whether it’s broken, whether the subframe is broken, whatever, shit’s going to break when two bikes come together. It is inevitable.”

He added: “When we got up there was crap all over the track: wings, rocks and all that.

“Right at the top of Turn 4, where you go straight up the shoulder, there were thousands of rocks.

“Peka [Bagnaia] ran up to the curb between four and five because we all went in there and we all lost our front end on all those rocks on the track. So that’s part of it. That’s why this sport is so cool.”

Quartararo, who was involved in a scooter incident on his return to the paddock after retirement, only suffered some chest injuries in the incident with Marquez, while Nakagami is a doubt for the Japanese GP after sustaining an arm injury in collisions.

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