Home race favourite Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia Marc VDS) says he’s felt “stronger and stronger” with each session during the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017.
Speaking after qualifying on the middle of the second row for the 27-lap MotoGP™ race, the 22-year-old said he’s hopeful of an even better feeling tomorrow.
“The leg feels better today than it did yesterday and I’m tomorrow I ‘m hoping I will get another small improvement,” said Miller.
“I’m really happy with my performance in both wet and dry conditions, and I haven’t felt this comfortable on a bike in a while – it’s just really nice.” Miller started the day in the rain-hampered FP3 session 10th fastest, and just over a second down on the factory Repsol Honda of Marc Marquez. It was 10th again in FP4, this time reducing to gap to the front to 0.8 seconds, before leaving his best until last for the all-important second qualifying session, firing his RC213V to fifth – just 0.5 seconds down on pole-sitter Marquez.
“I was happy to get a dry qualifying session; it made it a lot less stressful,” Miller said.
“But considering this time three weeks ago I was coming out of anaesthetic, I’m just really happy.”
Miller said he’s hopeful of a strong race tomorrow, and if the weather gods dish up some decent weather he’ll be eyeing a top eight finish.
“I think a top five would be lovely, but anywhere inside the top eight I’ll be happy,” he said.
In terms of race strategy, he said: “I just want to try and tag along with the front group as long as possible and see how the race develops.”
And if it comes down to a dry race he just might “take a gamble” on a soft tyre.
“I want to get a decent start, not get caught up in anything – especially at turn four – but starting from fifth will make that a bit easier,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’m just keen to get it underway.”
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