News 18 May 2016

Upbeat Miller eager to deliver result at Mugello

Australian confident he has race pace on his side entering Italy.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Australian Jack Miller will aim to turn his race pace into a result for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda when MotoGP continues at Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.

Miller crashed out of a top 10 position last time out at Le Mans, but as his pre-season ankle injury continues to heal, he is on the verge of improved finishes in early part of the season.

“The outcome of the race in Le Mans was not what we wanted, but I am actually feeling really good about my race pace,” Miller said. “We need to work more on our outright speed, but I think Mugello will be a little easier for our package. The key goal will be to finish the race and be as strong as possible throughout the weekend.

“Mugello is an awesome track and the top speed we get to on the straight is pretty scary and impressive. I can’t wait to see Tito [Rabat]’s face the first time he goes over that crest in sixth gear and then has to pull it up on the brakes for turn one. I’m looking forward to riding there and getting the result I think our speed deserves this season.”

With his lone point-scoring finish coming at Qatar’s opening round in 14th position, those two points place him 22nd in the title chase following five rounds, second-year into his premier class career.