Podium finish for Miller at Catalunya GP

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Jack Miller has moved up to third in the MotoGP rider's standings after his podium finish at the Catalunya Grand Prix.

The Australian was promoted to third in on his factory Ducati with KTM rider Miguel Oliveira claiming his first win of the season while Pramac Ducati's Johann Zarco made a late charge to finish second.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo crossed the line ahead of Miller but was dropped to sixth after being given a three-second penalty for exceeding track limits and then another three-second penalty for "riding without his leather suit correctly fastened and without the required chest protector".

Defending world champion Joan Mir was promoted to fifth on his Suzuki while six-times MotoGP champion Marc Marquez crashed out for a third consecutive race.

Quartararo (115 points) leads the rider's championship by 14 points from Zarco, with Miller (90 points) - who won two races in May - two points ahead of teammate Francesco Bagnaia.

Miller used Ducati's supreme launch system, on Sunday, to take the lead on the opening lap ahead of Oliveira and Quartararo, who started on pole position for a fifth straight time.

The Australian, however, made a mistake at the Turn 4 right-hander on the third lap to let Oliveira slip into the lead, while Quartararo dropped to fifth following an unsuccessful overtaking attempt on Miller.

Quartararo steadily improved his lap timings to pass Oliveira at the halfway stage but the Portuguese roared back to reclaim the lead two laps later.

Oliveira preserved his tyres to extend his advantage at the top before Quartararo ran off the track with three laps remaining.

In a bizarre finale, Quartararo's leathers burst open and he lost his chest protector but he continued to battle for the final podium spot with Miller.

Oliveira was flawless in the final stages to hold off Zarco by 0.175 seconds take his third victory in the premier class and move up to seventh in the championship standings.

"It was probably the best race of my career so far," Oliveira said in a post-race interview.

"Everything was so hard -- the tyre management and Fabio was just putting pressure on me for so many laps.

"But I kept it really cool and it was a perfect race. I can't thank KTM enough for giving me an amazing machine today.

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