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Italy MotoGP: Jack Miller - Q&A

Crash.net chats with current Moto3 World Championship leader Jack Miller to discuss his break-out GP season so far...
Crash.net:
Would you say that your ride at Le Mans was the best of your career?

Jack Miller:
Yeah, so far I think so. I've had other good rides but that was the most satisfying. There wasn't much planning, it was just an all out brawl, I had to go balls out start to finish. Even if we'd had some plans or strategy we wouldn't have been able to put them into operation in a race like that.

Crash.net:
How about in Argentina where you had that problem with Fenati, is it a problem of yours that you get too wound up with those kinds of situation?

Jack Miller:
It's true that those kind of problems do get to me a little but the important thing is how you bounce back from them and in the end I don't think about them too much. Things like that can definitely linger with me a little though. It's a double edged sword because that kind of feeling can get you going and rev you up on the race track but it can also bring you down, luckily for us though in that case it got us going.

I'm not really someone who races calm, I like to get revved up and get going so I like to think I can use those kinds of situations to my advantage. I don't really think there's anything calm about my riding; I don't really know how to go slow.

Crash.net:
Would you say your riding style is instinctive or learned?

Jack Miller:
I just go by instinct and feeling - that can be a good thing sometimes but also bad. That kind of style can lead to stupid mistakes but luckily 95 per cent of the time I keep it rubber side down. To me the feeling of the bike is the most important thing. My racing style is a natural progression, I've never done any racing schools or anything but I do sometimes look at photos and videos to see what I'm doing wrong, I've certainly never copied anyone else's style though.

Crash.net:
When people commentate on your racing, they always mention how good you are on the brakes, is that something you consciously use when managing a race?

Jack Miller:
Yeah I'm definitely conscious of that. I'm fully aware of that being one of my strong points but there's also a danger in that I can get overconfident and leave it too late. It's something that I sometimes rely on a little because when I'm following a rider I know that I can use that to get them into the corner. That braking feel comes from dirt racing and motocross and I've had to adapt it for circuit racing.

Crash.net:
You've pretty much exploded on the scene this year, are there any differences in how you've approached the year?

Jack Miller:
No, no not at all, there's no different attitude or approach to any other year, it's just that I've now got the right machinery and the right team around me. I've got the best team and a great bike, the crew around me works totally together with me and everything's pointing in the same direction.

Sure I've learned a little more since past years but my riding is basically the same, the performance has been released by the team. To be honest with you I think I could have been performing like this two years ago if I'd had the chance.

I've never had a decent bike in my whole career so to get on something that goes and handles is fantastic. I've had bikes in the past that have gone and some that have handled but now I've got one that does both, I think it's called a good package.

I bought one mechanic across but he's actually working with Karel [Hanika] this year so I'm working with a whole new crew but with such a professional crew it makes life easy.

Crash.net:
How are you handling the extra pressure of leading the championship?

Jack Miller:
It's all fine, I see it as part of the job. I'm afraid I'm sometimes a bit forgetful about media commitments but interviews and suchlike are all part of the fun.

Crash.net:
And are you earning a good wage now?

Jack Miller:
No, I can't really say that. There's not much money to be made in Moto3. It's really just enough to keep me going and put some food on the table.

Crash.net:
People say that there are more electronics in Moto3 than Moto2, do you find them easy to work with?

Jack Miller:
There really aren't that many. I think that other teams may use a lot but in our team it's just the twist grip. I think some have wheelie control but as you saw from the one I pulled at the end of Le Mans, we don't have any of that stuff. The only aspects we work on in our team as regards electronics is the engine response. We spend far more time on suspension and balance.

Crash.net:
How would you rate your bike against the Honda?

Jack Miller:
Definitely the Honda is better than the one I rode but I'd say they're pretty well matched. It's not like in the past where the KTM had the edge and as you saw at Le Mans and Jerez the Honda is right there now. We can beat it but we've just got to keep working and developing our bike.

Crash.net:
Your team seems to have 3 parts, how does that work?

Jack Miller:
We're actually all the same team with different logos. We're all part of the KTM crew and that means that we have a larger number of riders to swap data. We've got 5 riders who can swap data but we only get a little from the other riders, not that much.

Crash.net:
With so many great riders coming from Australia, did you have any Aussie rider heroes?

Jack Miller:
Definitely, Wayne, Mick and Casey are all time greats and are total inspirations to me and if I manage to do half as well as they did I'll be doing all right. People also forget riders like Daryl Beatie but he's also a great rider and a hero to me. I've met them all and I've got to say they're really nice guys, as I said I just want to be half as good they were.

Crash.net:
Lastly I'm planning to put some money on you to win at Mugello tomorrow is that a good idea?

Jack Miller:
Why not, I reckon your money's safe.

Crash.net:
Thanks Jack.

Jack Miller:
No worries, take it easy.
by Christian Tiburtius


Tagged as: Honda , KTM , Jack Miller

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Vilas46

May 30, 2014 1:09 PM

Nice interview.. Miller is a great talente, i enjoy the way he speack about is new machine vs old Bike.. i wish Oliveira had the same chance in 2015 and find one Ktm or Honda to fight for the title cause Mahindra=/..



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