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MotoGP Misano: Miller not distracted by 2016 speculation

Jack Miller has said he is no closer to knowing his eventual team for 2016, pleased with pace on harder rear tyre for Sunday's race
Jack Miller has said that speculation surrounding his future has not been a hindrance as he qualified 17th for Sunday's MotoGP race in Misano.

While LCR team boss Lucio Cecchinello searches for funding to maintain a two-rider squad in 2016, Miller has been the subject of rumour in Italy, chiefly that he may move across to the Marc VDS squad.

However, Miller maintained that he is no closer to knowing his eventual destination but the fact he knows he will remain with crew chief Cristian Gabbarini and his current squad beyond this year has kept him calm.

“Honda have been straight with us,” said the Australian on Saturday. “They have said that if anything is going to change it's just going to be a different colour bike. [It will be with] the same crew and everything so it's the last thing on my mind.”

Asked whether he knows when his new team will be confirmed, Miller quipped, “No clue at all. They're keeping us in the dark. We have no idea at the moment and I'm pretty sure you guys will probably know before I do.”

When looking at his Grand Prix of San Marino to date, Miller felt he has carried his improvements from Silverstone into this round and is happy with his feeling when using the harder option rear tyre available to him.

“I'm reasonably happy with how it went. My pace on the hard rear tyre is really good. I'm impressed with that because normally we don't feel good at all on the harder option. I'm looking forward to see how it goes for the rest of the weekend and also with how we go in terms with the hard on in the race.

“It looks as though a lot of the other 'Open' guys are going to go for the softer option but I'm confident we've got the same speed as them on the hard. We shouldn't lose too much in the first laps and we should be able to gain pace, which will benefit us at the end of the race.

“It's the 33 [medium front tyre]. I tried the 38 [hard], pushed it a lot but it just didn't seem to work so great. On full angle without the brakes it just seemed to roll around a lot more. Ok, you don't have the same braking support on the 33 but there's a little more edge grip. Where we are with the Honda is what we need.

“I'm able to hang off the more. I'm getting more and more comfortable and am where I should have been five or six races ago. I'm really happy with the way we've got it set up. We have to keep working on it and it should be alright for tomorrow and leading up to the Aragon GP as well.”

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September 12, 2015 7:18 PM

It was already said that Jack would bring his crew from LCR to MarcVDS if the move happens...Could be interesting move, he is not doing bad at all this season... Just needs to focus a bit more and forget about Moto3 all together... Realsit it could be both.. Maybe now, when he is more relaxed, he will go better.. :D


September 12, 2015 7:06 PM

A move to MVDS would be a great outcome for JM, so long as he has his own team with him. Reddings current team are a big part of SRs problems. First open Honda would be a great result this weekend, first thing though, finish the race.

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