Jack Miller became the first person to ride a MotoGP machine on a salt lake, during Thursday's build-up to this weekend's Argentine round.

The CWM LCR Honda rookie set out on the Salinas Grandes salt desert in Jujuy, where the usual serenity was shattered by the ground-shaking sound of his RC213V-RS.

Located in Northern Argentina, at 3,500m above sea level, the Salinas Grandes spans over 6,000 square kilometres. Salt lakes have traditionally been used for land speed record attempts, but never before had a modern MotoGP bike been ridden.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go up that high into the mountains and discover a big salt-flat like that. It was pretty cool," said the young Australian. "We had some fun on board the CWM LCR Honda but it's back to business time now this weekend in Rio Hondo."

Miller, who took his first MotoGP points with 14th place last weekend in Texas, added:

Related Articles

"I'm looking forward to getting out on track and I expect it will be a little bit slippery in the first couple of laps like last year. There have been a few car races and other events since last time so there should be some more rubber down and that makes me keen to get out on track.

"In Texas I got a lot more comfortable on the bike and during the race got to sit with the big group and learn so much before picking up my first points. I look forward to taking what I learned from there and put it into practice here. The track suited the Honda of Marc Marquez who won here last year, so I hope it works here for me too."

Miller and his RCV will be back on asphalt during Friday practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.