Miller aiming for points at sunny and warm Mugello
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller has qualified 17th for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at a sunny and warm Mugello Circuit.
Australian Miller will be the sole starter for the team in the 23-lap race at the iconic 5.2km Tuscan circuit near Florence.
While Miller lines up on sixth row of the grid his Spanish teammate Tito Rabat will be an unwilling spectator.
Rabat fractured his left collarbone when he crashed his Honda RC213V at Biondetti 1 (Turn 13) on the out lap of Saturday morning's FP3 session.
He was transferred to the local Borgo San Lorenzo hospital for X-rays as doctors assess his condition and treatment. Rabat will miss this event to concentrate on being fit for the Catalunya GP, his home race.
Miller has made a positive step forward since Friday's FP2 session and his impressive qualifying lap was 1.8s faster than his previous best. He is feeling much more comfortable in the fast, sweeping sections after suffer rear grip issues on Friday.
Sunday's race is the sixth round of the MotoGP world championship.
Jack Miller: 17th – 1'.47.830
“I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike than yesterday and we have been concentrating on getting more laps rather than changing the set-up too much. We improved the rear grip and my race pace is pretty good but it is going to be a long and hot race tomorrow. My plan is to have a strong race and bring home some points after not finishing in Le Mans last week.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I was very happy with Jack today, he made a lot of laps getting more comfortable on the bike. He has a solid race pace so from 17th he should be able to challenge to finish with some nice points in the race. It is unfortunate for Tito who crashed at a fast section of the circuit and we are not sure of his medical situation at the moment, the doctors are still assessing if he will need surgery on his collarbone to be ready for his home GP in Barcelona.”