News 19 May 2015

Le Mans crash part of Miller's MotoGP learning curve

High track temperatures catch Aussie rookie out on race day.

Source: LCR.

Source: LCR.

Jack Miller will look past his early exit from the Le Mans round of MotoGP on Sunday, taking positives away from another weekend of education in the premier class.

The CWM LCR Honda rookie was competitive amongst the Open ranks all weekend in France, qualifying 18th before crashing out of contention on lap 15.

Higher track temperatures caught Miller out on race day in front of a record crowd, struggling for front-end grip before his lowly exit in the mid-stages of the race at turn four.

“We had a great start and I was going really good,” Miller reflected. “I was happy with the way the race was going. After about six laps I was right behind Hayden and Petrucci, but I was having a few too many moments – I kept losing the front and so I decided to drop the pace a little bit.

“It was still a decent pace, but it wasn’t what I needed, Maverick caught up and passed me so I tried to stay with him and see what we could do. About two laps later in the direction change at turn four I lost the front and couldn’t save it.

“It’s one of those things, the track temperature was almost twenty degrees hotter than we’ve had all weekend and we weren’t quite prepared for it. Apart from that we have had a strong and consistent weekend so I am looking forward to taking the things we have learnt here to Mugello.”

Miller is now 17th in the standings, just two points in arrears of 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden, who’s also on board the Open-spec RC213V-RS.