Jack Miller starts this weekend's Sachsenring event boosted by the priceless confidence of becoming a MotoGP
race winner, plus less glamorous improvements to the strength of his healing right leg.
The Marc VDS Honda rider took a shock victory at the wet Dutch TT
, which saw him become only the 12th Australian to win in the premier class and first rider to notch victories in both Moto3 and MotoGP.
The 21-year-old is also the tenth youngest winner in MotoGP history and first non-factory rider to stand on the top step since 2006 - but knows that unless rain is again a factor he must set his sights on a more modest top ten finish this weekend in German.
“Assen was like a dream come true for me but we now we have to focus on being as competitive as possible this weekend in Germany,” Miller said. “It is not going to be an easy weekend but it is a track I like and I've had some success on in the past.
“The encouraging thing for us as well is the Honda seems to work well at this track, so we have good reason to be optimistic. I've definitely got a little bit of extra confidence after the win in Assen and I'm sure we can be strong again.”
Miller's quest for a third successive top 10 finish has been aided by a return to motocross training - for the first time since he broke his right leg in a motocross training accident back in January - during the two-week break following Assen.
“We've made a lot of progress over the last four races, and with my leg getting better day-by-day, it has made a difficult job a little bit easier for me,” Miller said. “Since Assen I've been able to get back on a motocross bike for the first time since I injured my leg in January and it felt good.
“The strength is not an issue but I still need to get a bit more motion back. That lack of movement is because I've still got a fair amount of metalwork in my leg but I was happy with how it went. Now I'll continue working hard with my crew like always so hopefully we can experience a feeling like Assen again soon.”
Miller made his grand prix debut at the 2011 125cc German Grand Prix and won the Moto3 race from pole position in 2014.