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KTM working on bigger Miller fairing

KTM working on bigger Miller fairing

Jack Miller is hoping to receive a new fairing over coming races, having looked into addressing the issue of a lack of straight-line speed during the single day of post-race testing that was staged at Mugello on Tuesday.

The Italian race, Round 6 of the 2014 season, marked the first retirement this year for Miller, who crashed on the final lap while battling amongst the leading group; deemed responsible by Race Direction for also taking Alex Marquez and Enea Bastianini out of action, the Australian was handed two penalty points after the race.

However, both during the Grand Prix at Mugello and in Tuesday’s test, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider again suffered from a lack of straight-line speed at the Tuscan venue.

"We mostly tested the mechanical side of things," Miller explained of his day of testing. "There are a couple of good things coming, but a couple of other things that we need to develop more before we think about bringing them to the race. It was a pretty productive test; the lap time wasn’t quite where we wanted it to be, but that is understandable because we did nearly every lap alone with nearly no slipstream. We also had a few rain showers. So it was an eventful test, but also a very good one."

Detailing his programme, Miller – whose championship lead has now been reduced to just five points by Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati – continued:

"We are still working on that, trying to get a bit more speed mid-corner speed. Also, Niklas (Ajo), Danny (Kent) and Hafiq (Azmi) have been testing aero parts which is really important as well. We seem to be lacking a fair bit on the straight. Because I am a bigger guy, I sit out above the fairing, so we are trying to develop a bigger fairing for myself; we will see what KTM has in store and what they bring for us."

The next stop for Moto3™ is the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya where, with a kilometre-long start/finish stretch, straight-line speed will again be crucial.

Moto3, 2014

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