Five-time world champion Mick Doohan says fellow countryman Jack Miller could be handed a dream chance to win on home soil at Phillip Island this month if the weather plays into his hands.
Marc VDS Honda rider Miller dominated in the wet to seal his maiden MotoGP victory at the Dutch TT at Assen and with the spectacular Phillip Island circuit notorious for its changeable conditions, GP legend Doohan isn't ruling out the possibility of a home win on October 23.
Miller has been ruled out of the last four races in Austria, the Czech Republic, San Marino and at Aragon through injury but is due to make his comeback at the first of three flyaway rounds at Motegi in Japan next weekend.
Doohan, speaking on the Australian Grand Prix Corporation's official podcast 'Keeping Track', said: “The way the weather has been in Victoria over the past few weeks and with the Grand Prix not too far away, it could actually open it up to being a Miller event.
“I'm sure he's going to dig deep and try to give his best performance here in Australia at the Island. The Phillip Island circuit's layout might actually fall into his hands, and might actually show that he's capable of running in the dry with these guys. Eight [different] winners so far this year, you never know what's going to happen.”
Miller recently told the same podcast he is doing all he can to be in the best shape possible for his home race at Phillip Island.
“We decided to sit out [at Aragon] to try to be as ready as possible by the time I get to Phillip Island for my home race. It's one of my favourite tracks and somewhere I believe we can be really good at.”