News 16 Nov 2017

Positive Ducati form continues for Miller at Valencia

Standout Queenslander trials Desmosedici GP aero package on day two.

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Jack Miller’s second day on-board the Octo Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP was another satisfying one for the North Queenslander, overcoming an early crash before logging the eighth-quickest time overall.

Miller, 22, has been the talk of the test as he put in an impressive two days of mileage with his new team, finishing up as second best of the Ducatis behind Jorge Lorenzo – fourth overall – at 1m30.860s.

Wednesday saw Miller make his first laps aboard the 2017 specification Desmosedici GP equipped with Ducati’s substantial aero package, once again crediting varying strengths of the bike that he initially experienced on the opening day.

“There have been two really positive days for me,” Miller reflected. “I’m really happy about the feeling I was able to get on the bike straight away. It would have been nice to do more laps, but we got through most of the things we had to test today, tried some different things, different tyres and different winglets. It wasn’t so bad for me.

“I was really comfortable. Aside from the crash with the cold tyre, I’ve not really had any moments and I’m really enjoying the stability I have in the braking. I’m able to run lines I wouldn’t normally… It’s different, but I’m slowly getting my head around all of it and enjoying it.”

Miller and Octo Pramac Racing Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci will be on track again for a two-day test at Jerez, Spain, next week, in what will be a private outing for selected teams participating.