Jack Miller says he surprised himself with the speed of his recovery as he prepares to return from injury at his home round of the MotoGP World Championship at Phillip Island in Australia.

Miller broke the top of his right leg in a trials bike training accident but the 22-year-old has made a swift recovery and will ride his EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda in anger again only 18 days after the incident.

However, he joked that he was now under pressure to finish in the top five after 38-year-old Valentino Rossi bounced back from a broken leg to finish fifth at Misano, with Miller’s recovery taking one day less than the Italian rider’s rapid return.

“I even think I surprised myself with the turnaround of the leg. It was a small accident, I dabbed my leg and it snapped; Maverick [Vinales] was with me at the time and I saw him for the first time since I broke it and he was asking how I managed to break it like that, but it was just one of those things,” Miller said.

“I hit it the wrong way and it’s been a busy time for me since then, trying to get it back to working order. I got the operation in Europe the other week and I probably could have made it to Japan, but with the three races coming up and the quick turnaround each week, it probably wouldn’t have been very good by the time we got to here or Malaysia in terms of swelling and stuff like that.

“They say younger people bounce better than older people but it definitely put the pressure on me. I got a message from Chad Reed saying I had 23 days to get into the top five so that put the pressure on but for me, I did it for myself and my team because I want to finish the season out strong. Motegi wasn’t possible but I couldn’t miss this one, that’s for sure.”

Miller opted to sit out the race at Motegi in Japan to boost his chances of rounding out the season strongly at the final three rounds.

“I decided to miss that one out and focus on here and Malaysia and Valencia to try to finish out the season as strongly as I can for all my team and for Honda. I’m just really happy to be here at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing how everything shapes up tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s a great race for me and I enjoy it a lot. The fans are crazy, the weather is crazy and as we all seen today, it’s baltic out there and yesterday it was scorching hot, so you get a bit of everything. I’m looking forward to it, the track is good, we were reasonably quick here in testing and it’s one that I normally perform pretty well at so I’m really looking forward to getting the weekend underway,” he added.

“I rode a quad on my farm at home and managed to lose my phone, but I haven’t ridden any bikes. I sat on my bike during a pre-event yesterday and felt pretty good. I’ve got a lot of motion in my knee and I can push on it, so it feels good and I don’t think the injury should worry us too much.”

Miller admits he has struggled more in rain conditions this year compared to last year and says the competitiveness of the Honda in the wet has been something of a lottery.

“Maybe I taught these guys too much because they are all going so fast now in the rain but the races this year have been difficult. In some races, for example at Le Mans, I was very fast in the wet in the practices but then in Czech Republic for example I really struggled,” he said.

“I was struggling to be inside the top 15, which is not so normal, but for I think sometimes it is about how the bike is working with the tyres on the circuits that we are at.

“From Silverstone to Aragon, Dani [Pedrosa] was struggling at Misano and Danilo [Petrucci] was very fast, but when we turned around and went to Aragon Dani was incredibly fast and Danilo was struggling a little.

“I think it’s a little bit up and down and it’s a bit of a lottery at the moment with the wet but it makes it interesting. I struggle a lot on the top of the tyre with spinning in a straight line and this is where we struggled in Misano.”


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