After two difficult MotoGP seasons at Honda, Tito Rabat was all smiles after his first tests with Avintia Ducati, including this outing at Jerez in November...

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Hope it goes well for him as I think he may be in the last chance saloon!

I think there's too much being read into different riders' pace during testing.  I'm glad Rabat and Miller have found a bike they're comfortable with, and I really hope they can get some good results throughout the season, but...

Maverick Vinales is a perfect example of everything going to sh*t because of a change in tyre construction during the season.  It is amazing just how profound such a change can be on a top-tier rider.  

I hope for Jack and Rabat's sakes that Michelin doesn't make any serious tyre changes during the 2018 campaign.