News 12 Jul 2016

Race winner Miller resets ahead of German MotoGP round

Back to business at Sachsenring following Dutch TT heroics.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Boosted by his breath-taking first MotoGP victory in Assen last month, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller arrives in Germany for this weekend’s Sachsenring MotoGP battle riding the crest of a wave.

Miller ripped up the record books in an eventful Dutch TT, which saw him become only the 12th Australian to win in the premier class and the first rider to notch victories in both Moto3 and MotoGP.

The Aussie made his grand prix debut at the famous venue in the 125cc category back in 2011 and he won the Moto3 race from pole position there in 2014. As a former IDM champion, he is carrying a lot of positives into the round.

“Assen was like a dream come true for me, but we now we have to focus on being as competitive as possible this weekend in Germany,” Miller said. “It is not going to be an easy weekend, but it is a track I like and I’ve had some success on in the past. The encouraging thing for us as well is the Honda seems to work well at this track, so we have good reason to be optimistic.

“I’ve definitely got a little bit of extra confidence after the win in Assen and I’m sure we can be strong again. We’ve made a lot of progress over the last four races and with my leg getting better day-by-day, it has made a difficult job a little bit easier for me.”

Directly following his Dutch TT heroics, Miller made his return to motocross training for the first time since breaking his leg in the pre-season. He sees it as a vital aspect of his MotoGP preparations and training program.

“Since Assen I’ve been able to get back on a motocross bike for the first time since I injured my leg in January and it felt good,” he explained. “The strength is not an issue, but I still need to get a bit more motion back.

“That lack of movement is because I’ve still got a fair amount of metalwork in my leg but I was happy with how it went. Now I’ll continue working hard with my crew like always so hopefully we can experience a feeling like Assen again soon.”

Miller’s masterful result at Assen saw him climb all the way to 13th in the championship standings and leading non-official Honda on 33 points – 25 of those coming by virtue of his maiden race victory last time out.