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Miller: “I nearly ran into the back of Valentino Rossi"

Miller: “I nearly ran into the back of Valentino Rossi'

A near perfect start to the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina for Jack Miller as the Australian ends Friday in fourth.

Overcoming the hot and humid conditions of Termas de Rio Hondo, Jack Miller was able to show his true potential aboard the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda.  The morning session, Free Practice 1, was spent cleaning the circuit as the Argentine track had collected a large amount of fine dust. This made it quite slippery with rear wheels spinning up throughout, but the conditions didn’t worry Miller who led much of the session. In Free Practice 2 he was able to improve his time to a 1’42.375 and the day fourth overall.

He remains strong in all conditions, which changed almost every lap. Miller was also extremely pleased with his pace on used tyres and is hoping to continue building towards a strong race come Sunday. His ankle is also improving with each day and is now giving him little to no pain or issue. It wasn’t a completely perfect day for the Australia who narrowly avoided a collision with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The Italian braked slightly later than usual and Miller was almost caught out.

Jack Miller: “I am really happy with how today went. The bike seems to be working very well here. It is not only the fact that I’m fast, but I am also consistent and strong on used tyres. Conditions are changing lap-by-lap but I’ve been able to adjust and I just hope now that we can build on this to have a strong weekend. The only close call I had was when I nearly ran into the back of Valentino Rossi at turn eight. He braked a little later and I thought I had more stopping power and we touched a little. I thought I might clean him out, but luckily it didn’t happen!"

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, FP2, Jack Miller, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

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#JM43 on near miss: “He braked late, I thought I was okay but he had more stopping power and we touched. I’m glad I didn’t clean him up!”