Moto GP

Jack Miller happy with with first day back on the bike at Phillip Island


The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller completed only a limited number of laps of the Phillip Island circuit today, as intermittent rain disrupted the opening day of MotoGP testing.

As is so often the case at Phillip Island, the changeable weather kept riders and teams guessing all day. Rain would soak the track but as riders exited pit lane on wet tyres the sun would come out, the wind would pick up and the track would start to rapidly dry out.

Unfortunately, with the rain returning at regular intervals the track never dried out fully until late in the afternoon, while the showers didn‰Ûªt last long enough to give the riders the opportunity to test Michelin‰Ûªs wet tyres on a fully wet track during the morning.

Miller got only two short runs on slick tyres late in the afternoon, jumping up to ninth on the timesheet, despite only completing six laps.

Both Miller and his team-mate Tito Rabat Miller are hopeful of an improvement in the weather for the remaining two days of testing but, while the forecast currently promises dry conditions tomorrow, more rain is expected for the third and final day of testing on Friday.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm pretty happy with today, even if the weather meant my time on the bike was limited," Miller said.

"We had a heap of new parts to run in on the bike and we managed to get that done during the brief time the track was dry, so it looks good for tomorrow, when I hope the weather will be better. The leg was fine today; once I‰Ûªm on the bike it‰Ûªs really good. Okay, I can‰Ûªt use the rear brake as much as I‰Ûªd like to, but I can work on my riding style to compensate for that. Now we just need some better weather and a lot more laps," he concluded.

Main Photo: Jack Miller back in black and feeling OK
Credit: Supplied

MotoGP Test Phillip Island Day 1
01. Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Ducati GP15) 1'31.764s
02. Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1'32.483s +0.719s
03. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1'32.590s +0.826s
04. Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Ducati GP15) 1'32.864s +1.100s
05. Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda (RC213V) 1'32.948s +1.184s
06. Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1'33.088s +1.324s
07. Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1'33.126s +1.362s
08. Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team (Ducati GP14.2) 1'33.841s +2.077s
09. Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1'33.992s +2.228s
10. Andrea Iannone Ducati Team (Ducati GP15/16) 1'34.049s +2.285s
11. Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1'35.273s +3.509s
12. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1'35.354s +3.590s
13. Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1'35.584s +3.820s
14. Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team (Ducati GP14.2) 1'35.679s +3.915s
15. Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 1'36.166s +4.402s
16. Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1'39.825s +8.061s
17. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1'40.138s +8.374s

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