Jack Miller stole the show at the German Grand Prix on Sunday, making a fan’s dream come true with a lovely gesture.
The Australian MotoGP finished third at the Sachsenring behind reigning world champion Fabio Quartaro and Johann Zarco, but it was what Miller did after taking the chequered flag that will live long in the memory of one spectator.
As the cameras panned onto the crowd ahead of the race, they captured a fan holding a placard reading: ‘Jack, wanna exchange gloves for a T-shirt?’.
Jack Miller ensured a fan will never forget this year’s German GP with a lovely gesture
The broadcast then cut to Miller in his box, with the Townsville-born rider smiling at the camera and waving a glove.
Following the race, as the riders were on their way back to the pitlane, Miller went off circuit and made a detour to find the fan.
Having stopped in front of the section where the spectator was sitting, he mimicked holding up a placard before handing over his glove to the incredulous fan who barely contain his joy.
A fan holding a placard reading: ‘Jack, wanna exchange gloves for a T-shirt?’ was shown during the broadcast before the start of the race at the Sachsenring
The broadcast cut to Miller who was holding a glove and smiling towards the camera
After the race, the Australian made a detour to find the fan and hand over the glove
Miller’s third place on Sunday was his third podium finish of the season and it came at the end of a gruelling race run in scorching conditions.
‘It was probably one of the hardest races physically I’ve ever done,’ the Queenslander said after the race.
By finishing third in Germany, Miller has drawn level with Ducati teammate Francesco Bagnaia, who crashed out on Sunday, in sixth place of the World Riders’ Championship with 81 points.
Quartaro, the reigning world champion, leads the standings with 172 points, 34 ahead of Alex Espargaro with Zarco 27 points further behind.
Miller finished third in Germany on Sunday to clinch his third podium of the season
Miller is still searching for his first win of the season after finishing top of the podiums in back-to-back races last year, as he triumphed at the Spanish and French GP.
The Australian finished fourth in the overall standings, with Bagnaia coming second behind eventual world champion Quartaro.
The Ducati duo, however, have struggled this season with both riders retiring in the opening race in Qatar and Miller failing to finish in Portugal. Bagnaia’s DNF in Germany on Sunday, meanwhile, was his fourth of the season and second in a row after he was taken down at the Catalan GP earlier this month.