Australia’s Jack Miller has taken plenty of confidence from his performance at the French GP, after battling with eventual winner Marc Marquez in the early stages of the MotoGP™ race.
Miller, who started from the front row, finished fourth at Le Mans, 2.9 seconds behind Marquez.
The Pramac Ducati rider took the lead following a strong start but was unable to keep up as Marquez edged clear.
Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci completed the podium, with Miller the top independent rider.
“We’ve been where we were at the start of the race a couple of times but never really stuck it out or seen it through to the end,” Miller told motogp.com after the race.
“I saw Marc going over the line so that’s good, I’ll take that. That’s a positive but, you know, just another learning day for us.
“Once I got past Danilo, which was quite hard at the start, he was having a look at Marc but didn’t really seem to have the pace that we had at the start, and once I got past him I just reeled in Marc, then got past Marc, and I probably spent too much of the edge trying to do so.
“And then once I got past and he saw the pace was dropping, because I was setting the pace, he swiftly moved back past in front of me and we dropped our pace back down a little bit, but I just couldn’t run his pace.
“He was on good form, I think he had the medium rear on and it just seemed he was getting quicker and quicker, lap by lap.
“He was chipping away at it, I was watching my pit board go four tenths, five tenths, six tenths, just a tenth a lap and it was enough for him.”
Miller returns to the track later this month for the Italian GP at Mugello, a traditionally strong track for Ducati machinery.