Shaina Salvia A. S.:
When you were riding in Moto3 and got the offer to ride in MotoGP, did you have to think first or say yes straight away?

Jack Miller:
Of course, we first had to negotiate the contract, but as soon as I heard about the idea, my mind was set to go directly.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
It was great to see you win in your second season in MotoGP at Assen last year. What were your feelings after that victory?

Jack Miller:
I had many feelings at that time. It is an amazing feeling to win a MotoGP race in the rain. To describe it is very difficult. The only thing I can say is I want more. I am very lucky to have a victory so early in my career.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
I heard you are close friends with Cal Crutchlow. How did your friendship start and what is the best thing for you about him?

Jack Miller:
In 2015 he and I were team-mates, so we spent some time together at the flyaways, and even before the flyaways started to become close. He was really good to me, teaching me a lot about cycling. He was like a mature figure for me. He is a really good guy, he and Lucy are really amazing together and I enjoy spending time with them.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
What do you think about his improvement with the Honda?

Jack Miller:
His races at the end of last year were amazing. I see that he and the Honda are improving, and Cal is able to show his real performance and his real ability. This is really nice to see.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
Can you tell me your opinion about the punishments for exceeding track limits? Because to me it is confusing...

Jack Miller:
I can understand both ways. The rule is there because in the Safety Commission we push a lot to take away the artificial grass. If you take a wider line where the grass was then you could be able to pass someone or whatever. We asked to take away the grass because before, when the track was dry but the grass was wet from rain the night before, it was very slippery and dangerous. For this reason, we asked to take it away but keep the same track limits. The track must finish somewhere, people cannot just go anywhere. It seems strange at the start but once you know the rules you know you cannot do it. It is that easy.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
But it occurs to me, that some riders were just a little bit outside and got penalised for it...

Jack Miller:
Before, when you were a little bit out, you were on the grass and you lost your position because you got some wheelspin. We had the idea to make the tracks safer, but still have some rules about where you could and could not go.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
Your Marc VDS team has a riding coach, Stefan Prein. What can he teach you to improve on the bike? Or does he just give you spirit and motivation?

Jack Miller:
It is more what he sees on the track and he compares that with what the other riders are doing. He is looking at different corners, different lines. There are so many ways to go around a track. So, he is there for this reason.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
What is the main difference between the factory teams and the independent teams, and what is the difference between the specification of the bikes?

Jack Miller:
The factory teams get the parts much, much earlier than us. They are developing the bikes very quickly, so they always get new parts. The independent teams have to wait five, six races, before we maybe get those parts. Also for the data, they get the new mappings first. The factory teams also get more support and they have more people working on the bikes. In terms of electronics, factory riders have six people. In my team, I have two. A little bit less budget, this is the main difference. So they can develop things much faster.

Shaina Salvia A. S.:
Thank you very much for your time. I am very happy, that I could finally interview you.

Jack Miller:
Thank you for the interview.

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