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By Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Miller: “Great way to start the season!”

Impressive eighth for the Aussie in Qatar - first box ticked

Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) got the season off to a fair old start at Losail International Circuit, getting into the top ten and crossing the line in P8 despite the difficult delays and conditions. That top ten is the 2016 Assen winner’s goal for the season – so it was certainly a positive start to the year.

It’s one down, many more to go – with a good amount of momentum behind the Aussie after a preseason that sees him heading into the season at full-strength in a stark contrast to last year.

Jack Miller, P8: “I'm really happy with how it went and I've felt strong all weekend - just didn't really get chance to show it with the weather. After all that’s happened this weekend with the weather and the lost track time, it is a great way to start the season inside the top 10. The small crash in FP1 really set us back on Thursday and then the weather pretty much dominated the next two days. What I’m happy about is that I could carry the momentum gained in the preseason and I’ve felt better each time I’ve jumped on the bike. It’s very positive to be in the top 10 and the only disappointment is that I was a little bit tense on the bike in the first part of the race and I was squeezing the handlebars too much and it had a bit of an impact on the transition from brake to throttle. Apart from that it was a very positive finish. It’s a result both myself and the team can build on and I want to thank my guys because they gave me a really competitive package this weekend.”

MotoGP™ riders on the #QatarGP Race