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Jack Miller confirmed for Phillip Island MotoGP test

“I'm itching to get back on the bike after such a long lay off" - Jack Miller.
Injured Marc VDS rider Jack Miler will complete his first 2016 MotoGP laps during next week's official test at Phillip Island.

Miller was forced to sit out the opening 2016 test at Sepang after fracturing the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a Motocross training accident.

However the 21-year-old has been passed fit to ride at his home Phillip Island circuit by doctors, after completing an intensive rehabilitation program following the injury.

“I'm itching to get back on the bike after such a long lay off and I don't think we could have chosen a better track at which to return than Phillip Island given my condition," Miller said.

"With only four right turns it means I'm not going to be working my injured right leg so hard, although it's still going to be a tough test. I've been training hard here in Australia and working with my local physiotherapist to reduce the swelling in the leg, to give me more mobility on the bike, and it's looking good.

"I'm looking forward to putting some laps in on the bike, getting a feel for the new electronics and seeing how the tyres have improved since Valencia.”

Miller's new team principal Michael Bartholemy added: “Jack has been working hard to regain fitness after his injury and he was adamant that he was fit to test in Australia. The doctors who've managed his rehabilitation agreed with his assessment, so he will ride at Phillip Island.

"It will be a tough test with the injury but it will give Jack an opportunity to evaluate the control ECU and unified software for the first time and to assess how far Michelin have progressed with the development of the tyres, so it will be a worthwhile three days for him."

Rookie team-mate Tito Rabat took his Marc VDS Honda to 17th on the Sepang timesheets. The Spaniard is now targeting improvements with the harder compound Michelin rear, in Australia.

“Malaysia was a positive test; it was good to be back out on the bike and working once again with the team, but now we go to Australia looking to increase the pace and reduce the gap to the fastest riders. To do this we need to continue working to get the best from the hard rear.

"My feeling was good with the soft tyre in Sepang, but the same wasn't true of the harder option. I did a lot of laps and we saw some improvement over the three days in Malaysia, which means we head to Phillip Island with a good base from which to start working to improve further.”

The three-day Phillip Island test gets underway on Wednesday 17th February, after which only one more official pre-season test will remain.

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