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Miller: “I was stoked to be back on the bike”

Miller: “I was stoked to be back on the bike”

Three successful days of testing in Phillip Island conclude for Jack Miller, the Australian avoiding injury at Turn 6.

Having initially set out to do just 25 laps a day to test the state of his still healing leg, Australia’s Jack Miller completed over 100 laps at the Phillip Island test in three days. On the third and final day Miller managed a 1’30.023, his fastest lap of the test, which saw him end 15th on the combined times and a place ahead of his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate. Perhaps most impressive about this time was the fact it was just 0.892s shy of Maverick Viñales’ (Team Suzuki Ecstar) best time of the test overall. The time came at the end of Friday, the last lap of an eight-lap stint, which was Miller’s longest run of the day. It was not a completely smooth return for Miller, the Australian suffering a fall at Turn 6 in the morning due to his brake pads being pushed back after a moment while lapping. This was the first time that Miller had been out on the Honda machine with both the spec ECU and Michelin tyres, having used the 2015 Honda system in Valencia and missing the Sepang test due to injury.

Jack Miller: “It’s been a good test and we’ve managed to get a lot of things out of the way here, so we’re not faced with a massive job in Qatar in two weeks. I think just to feel how it was on the bike here was well worth it and it’s going to be even better in Qatar with an extra two weeks to heal and more physiotherapy, so it’s all good. It’s a shame about the weather, but we still managed to get a heap of laps in and I was stoked to be back on the bike. The lap this afternoon felt comfortable and I didn’t feel like I was taking any risks. The fall this morning was my error; I had a bit of a moment and pushed the pads back in the calipers, but it was only a small one. I’m really happy with the first test of 2016 and I’m looking forward to Qatar.”

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