Jack Miller was left to rue an issue with building heat in his tyres as the Australian rider ended Friday 12th fastest on the Almac Pramac Ducati.

Miller also had a technical problem that caused him to run wide in the last sector when he was pushing for a time in FP2.

“When I put the soft on for my first two flying laps, I missed gears. I had like red helmets, and I went to second coming into the last corner instead of third, so I ran out wide and it cost me a lot of time,” he said.

“We have good pace on this track, even with the used tyres and we were trying to put a lot of laps on the tyres but they haven’t really been performing today to be honest, especially after that heat cycle. This morning and this afternoon when I was pushing really hard on them, they didn’t seem to really work.

“I know a lot of the other guys had the same problem after this morning. When they went back out on the tyres in the afternoon, they just couldn’t seem to build the temperature back up in them and get them to work.”

Miller, though, was encouraged by his ideal lap time and is confident he will fare much better on Saturday.

“The ideal lap time is there so tomorrow we just have to be a bit more clean and put it all together.”

His best lap of 1m 48.680s on Friday was almost 1.3s down on pacesetter Marc Marquez.

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