Jack Miller says he felt the Pramac Ducati was getting back towards the form he expected to feel during a different Czech MotoGP weekend after a positive first day of action in the Austrian MotoGP.

The Australian was eighth quickest during first free practice at the Red Bull Ring as Ducati demonstrated vastly improved performance relative to the struggles it experienced in Brno.

Top of the timesheets in FP2 during a weather affected session, Miller says he will need to confirm an improved base setting in FP3 before determining whether he is in contention for the podium.

“[It was] Not bad, it was OK. Immediately from the first lap it felt better, we have some small issues with shaking, mainly near to the braking zone of Turn 3 but apart from that I am pretty happy with the performance of the bike.

“I did my best sector on the last lap of FP1 but I caught the yellow flag from Bradley at Turn 4 so it was a little unfortunate, but it’s OK the bike is working well. This afternoon it was one of those things, you sit there all session and then we tried to slicks for a couple of laps for a bit of fun.

“It's always frustrating when we go to a track I really like, I enjoy riding in Brno, to not be in your normal way that I enjoy is not fun. You feel like you waste your opportunity at the track because you don’t enjoy it as much, you never enjoy when you struggle for the top ten.”

 

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