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Viñales & Miller talk about making the step up to MotoGP™

Viñales & Miller talk about making the step up  to MotoGP™

We catch up with the two MotoGP™ rookies about the preparations they have made for the new season ahead of the Sepang 2 test.

Before they headed out on track for the Sepang 2 test, MotoGP™ rookies and good friends Jack Miller and Maverick Viñales have been talking about the challenge of making the step up to the premier class of motorcycle racing.

Viñales, the 2013 Moto3™ Champion, has been getting used to the Suzuki GSX-RR bike after a blistering season in Moto2™ last year which saw him take 4 wins, and 9 podiums on his way to 3rd in the Championship.

While for Miller, who will be on an Open Spec RC213V-RS for CWM-LCR Honda, the step up has been even more extreme after just missing out on last years Moto3™ Championship as he has had to get used to a bike with over 200hp more than he was riding last year.

The guys aren’t just good friends though, they share the same manager and have spent the off season training together in an effort to prepare them for the challenges ahead. While they share jokes and enjoy winding each other up away from the track, neither of them is under any illusion of what it takes to succeed at this level on the track. Viñales believes the key is focus and dedication:

“You need to work, you need to improve. You need to improve the bike, you need to improve yourself, you need to improve everything! This is a job, if you want to have fun, just get a 1000cc bike and go do a track day.”

While for Miller, he admits that he didn’t put in the greatest of effort training-wise during last season, as he didn't feel he needed to, to get the most out of his Moto3™ bike. This year has been completely different though, as riding his new Honda RC213V-RS is “the hardest thing (he has) ever done.”

“The thing is an animal! It’s a huge step up. The carbon brakes try to kill you every time you get on them, and flip you over the front of the bike.”

It’s not just the physical side of things that the young Australian has had to change, but his whole approach to riding, especially compared to last season:

“You have to try and become a technician almost, learn how to manage your tyres, and how to develop the suspension with the tyres. The thing we are trying to get onto now for the races is fuel consumption…it’s another level that’s for sure!”

The pair will be heading out for only the second time on their new machines at the official Sepang 2 test, to check on their progress simply follow the live timing on motogp.com.

 

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, SEPANG MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, LCR Honda, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

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