Saturday, October 17

MILLER AMONG THE FACTORY BIKES

Australian Jack Miller started the build-up for his home grand prix in fine form, setting fifth fastest lap time in the first pre-qualifying practice session with a 1m 30.712s lap time at Phillip Island.

Although he bettered that with a 1m 30.127s effort in the second session, he dropped six places on the leader-board as the competition got rolling.  On Saturday morning Miller made a slight improvement in his lap times, getting down to 1m 30.034s – but lost two more grid positions to end pre-qualifying 13th fastest.

That puts him into Qualifying One with 14 other riders.  If he is either fastest, or second fastest in that session, he gets a shot at one of the first four rows of the grid in Qualifying Two this afternoon.

Miller’s performance has surprised many at Phillip Island, the Honda RC213V – RS he races for the LCR team well down on performance compared with the works bikes he is closely chasing.