The MotoGP summer break gave Assen winner Jack Miller the chance to fully recover from pre-season ankle injuries, while a recent test at the Red Bull Ring means he also has plenty of confidence for this weekend's Austrian event.
The two-day test gave Miller the opportunity to reacquaint himself with the circuit - absent from MotoGP since 1997, but which the Australian raced at during a spell in the German 125cc Championship in 2011.
Although only 13th on the Ducati dominated timesheets
, Miller was happy with the set-up of his Marc VDS Honda at the fast track, which features just 10 corners and the highest average speed on the calendar.
“After a relaxing summer break I'm raring to get started again in Austria and build on the performances of the three previous races. I ended the first half of the season really strongly, so it will be important to keep the momentum going," Miller said.
"It was nice to try the track out in Austria before this weekend at the recent test and I was able to put in a really strong race rhythm there. We need to wait to see what the tyre allocation is from Michelin, but tyre life at the test was not an issue for me.
"It will be an interesting race because it is a horsepower track. That might help the red bike a little more than our package but like always I'm ready and motivated to give it a good go.
"This is the first race this year that I am going into with a lot of confidence and at 100% fitness with a good feeling on the bike, so I'm really keen to get going again.”
Miller starts the second half of the season holding 13th in the world championship standings.