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Miller: “Maybe I saved them a bit too much”

Miller: “Maybe I saved them a bit too much”

Slow corners proved a big issue for Jack Miller during the Spanish GP, working to improve the issue during post-race testing.

Jack Miller knew it would be a challenging weekend in Spain, his ankle still very much in the healing stages after his fall in Austin. The situation was made all the more difficult by ever rising temperatures on race day making it a demanding race for both riders and their tyres. A cautious start saw the Australian down in 19th place for most of the race, picking up places only when riders crashed. His pace would improve towards the end of the race, his lap times matching those of the top ten, but by then it was too late and the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider settled for 17th. After such a demanding race it was difficult to leave without any points, but Miller is pleased his hard work in the gym paid off as he withstood the punishment of the Spanish GP.

Jack Miller: “It was a tough weekend but I am happy to have got through it safely and with a solid finish under my belt after the injury problems in Austin. I struggled throughout the race in the hairpins and it really showed in the early laps. I had no confidence and couldn’t make any passes but I have to be positive because the heat made it a very physical race and my body held up really well, so all the training I’ve been able to do while still hurt has paid off. In the second part of the race I felt good because I’d worked hard to conserve my tyres. Maybe I saved them a bit too much but it was important to finish and learn a lot. I’ll need to be better with at the next race in Le Mans."

Throughout the weekend tight corners had been Miller’s downfall, as he simply had no confidence through them. Fortunately Monday after the race saw the first official in-season test of 2016. Despite his injury, this gave Miller more valuable track time to work on the tight corners before heading to the technical Le Mans circuit for the next round. 65 laps of the Jerez circuit allowed Miller to make up the track time he lost in Austin and improve front-end feel on his RC213V. He managed a best time of 1’40.681 and end the test in 14th. The time was 0.3s faster than Miller’s time in Q1.

"We found some steps to get more comfortable and faster without any incidents so it was a positive day. With my right ankle still healing it was important to get through the race weekend and this test without a crash and be stronger for the race at Le Mans. I struggled a little more in the afternoon with the hotter track conditions so we need to understand why I'm faster when the track temperature is cooler.  I'm really happy after missing some pre-season testing and the race in Texas especially to understand the latest Michelin front tyres, they help with turning and to finish off the corner."

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Jack Miller, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

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