News 3 May 2019

Miller eager to convert Jerez pace into result at Spanish GP

Podium result a significant boost for Pramac Racing rider entering Europe.

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Australian Jack Miller will look to secure his best-ever finish in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez this Sunday, due to build upon his first-career dry weather podium in the MotoGP World Championship.

Pramac Racing’s Miller was sixth in the attrition-filled Jerez race one year ago, however with momentum on his side in 2019 he’s confident of a strong result regardless if any of the front-runners exit on Sunday.

“The other podium, or victory, was in the wet and it felt great but less like I’d achieved it,” Miller said of his 2016 Assen win. “To get a dry weather podium under our belt is always nice. The bike is working great, I feel super-comfortable at the moment we’ve been strong at all three rounds.

“The team are doing an amazing job and, like I said before, it’s a shame we had that result in Qatar because it would be interesting, especially after how things have shaped up, to see where we would be in the championship. We had a great test here in November, so I look forward to carrying some of that momentum hopefully into here.

“As you said, with the asphalt it will be a little bit of a question mark, we’ll have to go out there and see how the tyres work and having four options here it will be a little bit different to see what we’ll do in the race. Last year we had a decent result but that was due to everyone falling off in front of us – we’ll see what we can do this year.

“I’ve had good pace in the past, just never really been able to put it all together in the race. So I’m hoping this year we can put it all together and have a good weekend, if it goes like it has been at the last couple of GPs and we can keep working in the same way through the practices I think it will be good.”

Because of the recent resurface at Jerez, organisers will allow for an expanded Michelin tyre allocation this weekend as MotoGP teams will have four front and four rear tyres available to them for the Spanish GP.