MotoGP fan pays £4,250 for visor tear-off that ruined Jack Miller’s Misano race

The visor tear-off that was sucked into Jack Miller's Ducati and caused him to retire at Misano went up for auction and attracted a lot of cash in return...

Jack Miller tear-off

A MotoGP fan from Australia has dug deep to stump up more than £4,000 to buy the visor tear-off that forced Jack Miller to retire from the Emilia Romagna MotoGP race at Misano.

The tear-off originally belonged to Fabio Quartararo who pulled it clear from the visor of his helmet while racing at Misano, with the small bit of plastic material flying backwards and being sucked through into the Pramac Ducati of Miller running behind him.

In a freak set of circumstances, the tear-off became lodged and caused the Ducati to begin faltering causing him to retire in the most unusual of ways.

Even so, to demonstrate he is a good sport, Miller kept hold of it and firstly displayed it as a charm at the next round in Barcelona, before donating it to Two Wheels for Life, who duly put it up for auction.

An Australian fan - who wishes to remain anonymous - jumped straight in with a very generous offer that’ll go to charity.

“Having a tear-off going into the air intake of another bike at a track - and at the speeds these boys are doing - is absolutely amazing in itself and therefore in my mind makes it one of the most unique pieces of race memorabilia there is.

“Being a huge MotoGP™ fan, I like all the riders and have huge appreciation for what skills and talents they have. However, I am a Jack Miller fan with Fabio Quartararo a close second.

“I have been very lucky in my life and, with a little bit of hard work of course, I am now in a position where I can help others not so fortunate. The fact my funds go to charity sits very well with me. Maybe I would not have paid quite as much had it not have been for such a good cause.”

Miller himself is proud of the money raised and praised the bidders for going above and beyond for a good cause. 
“It’s great to be able to do this for such a great charity as Two Wheels for Life. There was an amazing response from the bidders and it’s great that we can turn such a small piece of plastic into such a great donation to such a good charity.”