News 11 Sep 2017

Miller surges to sixth in a wet Misano grand prix

Honda-mounted Australian matches season-best finish in Italy.

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Australian Jack Miller put in one of his best performances of the year last weekend at Misano’s 13th round of the MotoGP World Championship, where he charged to sixth in wet and challenging conditions.

Miller, who’s building a strong reputation of performing well in the wetter conditions, mentioned he felt he had strong pace at the beginning of the race, however a late mapping change saw him fade in the later stages.

“At the start of the race I felt I had more pace than Vinales and Crutchlow,” Miller reflected. “But by the end of the race my pace dropped and I probably switched the engine map too late to help look after the rear tyre.

“It was good on the edge but I had lost some drive grip and it wasn’t possible to hold off Pirro in the final laps. This was my best weekend in the second half of the season so far and with some good points I am looking forward to the next race in Aragon.”

For Miller, the result matches his best of the season and provides a boost of confidence after struggling to find his usual form in the second half of the series.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider sits 13th in the standings as the championship heads to Aragon in Spain on 24 September.