Jack Miller says his home race at Phillip Island this weekend offers the Australian rider the perfect opportunity to turn around his fortunes during a difficult recent spell in MotoGP.
Miller became only the 12th Aussie in history to win a premier class race when he clinched his maiden triumph in the Dutch TT at the end of June.
However, the Estrella Galicia rider has failed to finish inside the top ten since the German round at Sachsenring in July. After making his comeback from injury at Silverstone, Miller withdrew from Misano and then missed Aragon to allow two fractures in his right hand to heal.
The 21-year-old made his return at Motegi in Japan but slid out on lap seven and Miller is now eager to put his season back on track in front of his home fans.
“I am really looking forward to going home and riding in front of my home crowd at Phillip Island. It will feel extra special this year going back as a MotoGP winner and I want to bounce back from what was a pretty difficult weekend in Japan,” he said.
“I love Phillip Island and hopefully we can find something in the bike that gives me a bit more confidence to push at the limit. I was fast there last season on the Open class bike and I go there determined to turn around what has been a pretty rough period in the season for me.
“There is always a bit of extra pressure when you race at home but it is a cool feeling to know so many fans have come to watch you put on a show,” added Miller, who experienced the thrill of winning on home soil in a dramatic Moto3 race in 2014.
“It is pressure I thrive on and hopefully I can give the Australian crowd something to shout about.”
His team-mate, Tito Rabat, finished in the points in 14th place at Motegi and the series rookie is focused on improving further at Phillip Island.
“I don't think I am alone when I say that Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks. The last race in Japan was certainly not easy but I kept my focus and pushed to my maximum and it was important to get back inside the points,” he said.
“The goal will be like always and that is to improve my confidence and rhythm in every session and have some fun. I have some experience of the Honda RC213V in Phillip Island after the test there in February, so it will be good to have some reference and data.”