Jack Miller has moved to calm expectations among his home fans as he prepares for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
Miller has enjoyed a groundswell of support this season, especially following his maiden MotoGP victory in tricky conditions at Assen.
However, the Marc VDS rider has told his supporters that he still remains some way off being able to challenge for victory on his home patch under normal conditions.
“The home support has been great this year and it's been helped along with my first win. I think a lot of people are maybe expecting a bit too much: a lot of people don't focus on all the races and just hear that you've won one, so they think you'll come here and fight for the victory, which isn't the position we're in at the moment,” Miller said.
“It looks like it's going to be difficult conditions and that's typical Phillip Island, wet, cold and windy. It's not really the best conditions for us, especially at the moment I think the wet weather would be bad enough and then if you throw in the cold around here, it doesn't sound like much fun.
“Hopefully the weather Gods shine down on us and give us some decent weather, not only for us but for the fans as well because I heard it's sold out,” he added. “You don't want all the people sitting out in the cold shivering their arses off.”
Miller is at ease with the added pressure of performing in front of his home crowd this weekend, as he bids for a solid result after making his comeback from injury at Motegi in Japan.
“I feel pretty calm and I think the Aussies will enjoy themselves whether I'm doing good or not because they are in for some great bike racing this weekend,” he said. “It's good to see the support coming back to motorcycle racing in Australia and I'm really glad to see it sell out.”
The 21-year-old has endured an injury-blighted season but Miller is optimistic his luck will improve over the final three races of the 2016 championship.
“I feel like every time I fall off I break like an old watch. I started off the year with a broken leg and then in Austria cold tyres got the best of me and I broke my back and my arm. I've just been getting back to at least 95 per-cent fit with some weeks off and I feel more or less okay,” he said.
“Motegi was probably the best way to test my broken hand because of the braking zones there and I'm looking forward to Phillip Island because it's fast and flowing and suits my riding style a bit more. It should suit the Honda a little bit more because it's not so stop-start and most of the straights are led by third gear corners, so it'll help for that.”