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By motogp.com

Miller “happy but disappointed” with eighth at Sepang

Australian took P8 after struggling with grip – but it’s another top ten coming back from injury

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took his first premier class win in the wet and the Aussie is known for his prowess in difficult conditions. But at Sepang, Miller struggled with grip despite a great start and it left him happy to have come home eighth -  but disappointed given the potential he felt he had.

“I’m happy but also slightly disappointed,” says the Australian. “It could have been a really solid day for us and we could have done a lot better of a job.  The first lap I had a great start but as soon as we put angle on either side I was done. The tyre didn’t start working until maybe ten laps into the race when it was nearly all done…I did my best laptime with three laps to go when it was completely finished.”

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Despite that twinge of disappointment, however, it does have some big positives – backing up a seventh at Phillip Island with another top ten as Miller comes back from breaking his leg ahead of Motegi.

“It’s another solid result on my comeback after the broken leg so I’m happy with that,” says Miller, “and we’re closing down on the top ten in the championship. So hopefully at Valencia we should be able to find some speed and hopefully the weather with hold out because here I felt like we could have done a really good job in a dry race.”

Valencia is not only chance to get into that top ten – with Miller in twelfth as it stands, two points off Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) in P11 and 11 off Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in tenth – it’s also the final race for the Australian with EG 0,0 Marc VDS as he prepares to move teams for 2018, meaning he’ll want to end on a high.

“I’ve been with Honda for the last three years and I want to finish my time at Marc VDS strong,” affirms the Australian. “We’ve been going strong lately, and I just want to improve on that in the coming race.”

The next and final stop for the paddock in 2017 is just around the corner as MotoGP™ touches down at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, Valencia.

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