Miller, who had the option of a second year on his factory Ducati contract taken up by the Italian manufacturer earlier this week, beat Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco by almost four seconds in a hectic race that was hit by a rain shower.
It was also a strong outing for Fabio Quartararo, on his return from surgery after arm-pump wrecked his Spanish GP hopes, as the Yamaha rider claimed third place despite serving his own long-lap penalty for stopping in the wrong side of the Yamaha box during his bike change.
Quartararo’s podium at his home round allowed him to regain the MotoGP world championship lead by one point from Francesco Bagnaia, who finished the race in fourth place for Ducati.
But it was a nightmare race for a handful of MotoGP frontrunners as Honda’s Marc Marquez and Suzuki pair Alex Rins and Joan Mir all crashed out.
The MotoGP paddock heads to Mugello this weekend for the first time since 2019 after last year’s race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP crashes
Photo by: Dorna
2021 Italian MotoGP session timings
MotoGP will run its standard schedule across the Italian GP weekend, with two practice sessions on Friday that will run for 45 minutes each. On Saturday, third practice will also run for 45 minutes, with the top 10 on the combined FP1-2-3 timesheet automatically entering into Q2 of qualifying. A final 30-minute FP4 session is held on Saturday afternoon ahead of qualifying.
Q1 of qualifying features all riders who did not finish in the top 10 of the combined practice times taking part, with the top two finishers progressing into Q2 alongside the top 10 who gained an automatic spot via their practice times.
Q2 is the pole position shootout and decides the order of the front four rows, with the rest of the grid organised on Q1 times, for the Italian GP on Sunday.
Moto2 and Moto3 are also in action during the Italian GP.
Friday 28th May 2021
Free Practice 1: 8:55am-09:40am BST (9:55am-10:40am local)
Free Practice 2: 1:10pm-1:55pm BST (2:10pm-2:55pm local)
Saturday 29th May 2021
Free Practice 3: 8:55am-9:40am BST (9:55am-10:40am local)
Free Practice 4: 12:30pm-1:00pm BST (1:30pm-2:00pm local)
Qualifying: 1:10pm-1:50pm BST (2:10pm-2:50pm local)
Sunday 30th May 2021
Warm Up: 8:40am-09:00am BST (9:40am-10:00am local)
Race: 1:00pm BST (2:00pm local)
How can I watch the Italian MotoGP?
• Channel: BT Sport 2
• Channel numbers: Sky – 414 (BT Sport 2)
• Channel numbers: Virgin Media – 528 (BT Sport 2)
BT Sport’s live coverage of Sunday’s action starts with the warm-up sessions at 7:30am, taken from the world feed, before switching to its own broadcast at 9:15am for the pre-race show ahead of the Moto3 race.
The build-up to the MotoGP race starts from 12:30pm, or when the Moto2 race finishes, ahead of lights out at 1:00pm.
Can I stream the Italian MotoGP?
Viewers in the United Kingdom can also stream the Italian GP by purchasing a video pass from MotoGP.com. A one-off video pass, the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season, costs £129.85.
The video pass gives access to every live session, qualifying and race, plus world feed content and the chance to watch previous races.
Weather forecast for the Italian MotoGP
Mugello is set for mixed conditions throughout the weekend, starting sunny and dry on Friday, but with a chance of cloudy and rainy weather on race day. Highs of 21 degrees Celsius are forecast on race day, which is around four degrees warmer than the French GP.
Most Italian MotoGP winners (premier class only)
Valentino Rossi: 7 wins (MotoGP – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Jorge Lorenzo: 6 wins (MotoGP – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Giacomo Agostini: 6 wins (500c – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975)
Mick Doohan: 6 wins (500cc – 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Mike Hailwood: 5 wins (500cc – 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)