Jack Miller doesn't expect to have the Honda 'wing' parts for his fairing at this weekend's Austrian MotoGP.

But the Marc VDS Honda rider could well have the downforce devices for the following Silverstone round.

"For Spielberg, I don’t think so," said the young Australian. "Even last year when we went to Spielberg with the old wings, we didn't end up using them because we already struggled a little bit on top speed. But we will have the opportunity I think in the next few weeks to get some, if I'm hearing that right from Ramon [crew chief] it could be coming for Silverstone."

Miller revealed he will also remove hand and shoulder guards to reduce frontal area as much as possible, in pursuit of maximum speed at the Red Bull Ring.

"We wouldn't use [the wing parts] anyway in Austria, because Austria we use no knuckle guards and no shoulder guards to try and get the thing as small as possible. We only really use the knuckle and shoulder guards for tracks where you are always outside the bike, whereas at Spielberg you bike the bike up and are back in [the bubble] trying to make everything as sleek and slim as possible."

The Australian was speaking in the Brno paddock following Monday's official post-race test, in which he set a best lap of 1m 56.634s, to be ranked 13th overall. Miller admitted it had taken time to adapt back to the character of the Michelin tyres after running Bridgestones in the Suzuka 8 Hours.

"It felt like putting on an old glove, getting on the Bridgestones. Then coming back here I noticed the things I'd noticed way back in 2015 in Malaysia when we first tried the Michelin tyres," he explained.

"On angle, you get a little bit of understeer with the Bridgestone front, but then with the Bridgestone rear you can just whack it on and the way you regain the grip is just by picking the bike up and playing with the angle. Coming back here, it's all to do with the throttle control, because on these Michelins once you create that spin you can't get it away pretty much.

"All throughout the weekend we were getting quicker and quicker. It wasn't the easiest weekend to come back with a few wet sessions either. But I'm really happy with the test. We played around with the set-up, tried a little bit softer triple clamp, top and bottom, just to try and get that feeling back. We've done it before, just to really take the feeling of the Michelin and then we'll eventually go stiffer again.

"We were really quick today with the race tyres. Yesterday, I seemed to struggle in the race. I had been doing a few '57s throughout the weekend and in the race I just could not crack into the '57s. I was on my ragged edge trying to '58.5. It was hard, but today the third lap of my first run was a '57 and I think there was more '57s today than '58s. There were a few '56s thrown in there as well.

"So I got a lot of confidence back in the bike and got back into the swing of things. We did 48 laps today. After the dramas at the start of the year we are waiting on a test engine that we haven’t yet received. So we were on one of our older engines, but we have to keep it for a back-up. So we're kind of limited on kilometres. That's why we cut the test off a little bit early, but I'm happy to end on a positive manner and looking forward to Spielberg."

The long straights and tight corners of the Red Bull Ring demand a unique approach to bike set-up and Miller was among those to make some early preparations.

"We also played around with the set-up a little bit to try and brake really late, because that's what we'll need next weekend. It's a special track in terms of set-up, compared to every other track that we go to. Just try to really set-up high at the front, low at the back, and something that will stop when you need it to. We won’t know until we get there, but I'm feeling pretty positive at the minute."

While some riders didn't like the 2018 prototype rear tyre, made available to try at Brno, Miller was a fan.

"I tried what they are saying is going to be like an upgrade for the medium tyre. And I really liked that tyre. It was good. A lot of grip and it lasted really good.

"The Michelins have a tendency that you go out and do 4-5 laps at a really good pace, but the next exit you already feel quite a drop. Just from one cycle I guess. This tyre didn't seem to have that problem. It was a solid run with that tyre and I enjoyed it a lot."

Reflecting on Sunday's race, Miller revealed why he lost so much time in the pits. Like race winner Marc Marquez, he had pitted on lap 2 - and was 1sec quicker than the Repsol Honda rider - but then lost 13sec to Marquez on lap 3.

"The strategy was good, just we made a little mistake with the pit stop. We had Hascha [Stefan Prein] at the exit of turn 12 and we had all planned that I was going to throw my leg out and he would radio through," Miller said. "He tried in Moto2 to see if the radio was working. It was a bit crackly - because of the hills here it's quite hard.

"By the time they got the message in the race I was already in pit lane and they still had to take the tyre warmers off and things like that. I entered at the same time as Marc and braked quite late before the 60k board, so I was right up Marc's arse when we went into the pit stop. But by the time I got on the other bike and swung into pit lane, Marc was already at turn one!

"But it could have been worse. It could have been like Jonas [Folger] where his bike didn’t even have a wheel in and he had to stop again. It was hard for him. That sucked. But yesterday was hectic. The track, honestly, I sat on the grid and was watching the patches where the bags had been and it was still really wet. Then by the time we came around after the sighting lap the wet patches on the grid were gone.

"I knew Marc's plan was going to be to pit early because he put the soft on, so he was only going to do maximum two laps on that tyre. He did the pit stop at the right time. I did as well, but I exited behind Pol and lost about five seconds getting past him because there was only a narrow dry line. After that I just couldn't get the rear tyre to work, there was spinning and pumping. I just didn't have an answer when the others lifted their pace midway through the race.

"I was pissed off because I'd done '57s on used tyres all weekend. We were set for a really good result if everything had gone perfect, but this is motorcycle racing. It is what it is and 14th with all the chaos was positive."

While making clear he enjoys flag-to-flag races, Miller would like to see a minimum time introduced when making a mid-race bike swap to improve safety, particularly for the mechanics.

"A slower pit lane speed limit is not going to help I don't think, because you are still going to brake as late as you can, whether you are doing 60 or 40, to get the bike to the mechanics," he said. "The pit lane never gets resurfaced, it gets shit spilled on it throughout the year, so when you grab the brakes you don’t know if you are going over petrol or oil or whatever.

"The only way we can [improve] it is to set a minimum time, so that people calm down and everything settles a little bit. I don't even jump direct from bike-to-bike, I jump to the ground and then onto the other bike, simply because it's just too dangerous. Someone has to try and catch the bike while the others are holding up the second bike.

"A fixed time would solve everything. You know you've got say 30-seconds to go through pit lane, so your not going to be jumping onto the other bike to try and get out as quickly as possible."

Miller starts this weekend's Austrian event holding twelfth in the world championship and yet to officially announce if his future will be with Marc VDS or, as widely rumoured, Pramac Ducati.

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Can't wait for the ducks to get in line for Jack. Troy Baylis was one of my heroes and Jack has the same spirit that Troy and the best Antipodeans have.

Rossi is better than Doohan, Stoner, and Lorenzo put together.

 

 

 

Just checking if the moderator is awake and can spot blatent Trolling. Please don't take that statement as serious.

Rossi truly is a God....

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