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Overheating hinders Miller’s podium challenge

Jack Miller reached as high as second place during the Moto3™ race at the Circuit de Catalunya. The 18-year-old Australian then encountered overheating problems which saw him drop back to an eventual seventh position.

From eighth on the grid, Miller rose to the forefront of the race but was preventing from keeping up his challenge, despite not suffering significant tyre wear.

"The race was really good for me," the Caretta Technology – RTG rider told motogp.com in a video interview. "The bike handled great and I thought we’d kill the tyres, but the tyres lasted the whole race and corner speed was the same all the way through the race.

"With about nine or ten laps to go, the bike got really hot; I got up to about 90 degrees and I just lost so much power. For that, it was a little bit of a pain, but all-round I’m really happy. To be fighting for the podium for the first ten laps was really good. We have the speed in the corners, but we just have to get this acceleration we are missing.

"The team worked excellently all weekend. I had a few little stupid mistakes on my behalf earlier on in the weekend, but they just recover so quickly and I can’t thank them enough. The job they are doing is incredible and the bike has been on rails all weekend; for that, I’m really happy and I just look forward to the next race. I think the next three tracks we have will be pretty good for Honda."

Miller made his World Championship debut in the 125 class two years ago, remaining in the lower tier as it became Moto3™ from the start of 2012. To date, his best race finishing position is fourth in last year’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.

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Moto3, 2013, Jack Miller, Caretta Technology - RTG

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