'We're getting tired of going to these minutes of silence' - Jack Miller

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Jack Miller thinks a solution must be found to avoid the "terrible" deaths of the younger riders we witnessed in 2021, the last of which was that of Dean Berta Vinales in Jerez.

The 15-year-old Spaniard Dean Berta Vinales, cousin of the MotoGP rider Maverick who raced in the World Supersport 300, tragically lost his life in a terrible accident that took place last weekend in Jerez de la Frontera.

This was the third death of a teenage rider in a World or European championship in 2021, following 14-year-old Hugo Millan in the European Talent Cup in July and 19-year-old Jason Dupasquier in Moto3 in May.

This recent tragedy has sparked a debate on how motorcycling can prevent this from happening again in the future, with proposals such as age limits, the number of bikes on the grid and any changes to the bikes that are used in the minor categories.

The Ducati rider Jack Miller , who knows one of the other riders involved in the Vinales crash, said he got tired of watching minutes of silence during race weekends and therefore believes that the junior categories need to be modified to try to stop these tragedies. "We had this discussion in Moto3, but also in Supersport 300. Those bikes are not fast but there are so many, plus they are not light at all,"

"For sure with so many bikes and so heavy, unfortunately when something goes wrong the chances of something bad happening are definitely doubled or tripled."

"The races are fantastic in these classes. I think it's nice to have a class like the Supersport 300, which helps those young guys who can't get a chance in Moto3, But there has to be a big step forward in terms of safety, how these races are going, because we can't continue like this, This year has been particularly bad, but we cannot continue like this. We cannot have three young boys who lose their lives in the space of not even nine months".

"It's atrocious and I think I can say on everyone's behalf that we're getting tired of going to these minutes of silence for kids who were really very young. It's really bad, and for sure this can't go on. It shouldn't, anywhere. way ", concluded the Australian rider.

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