Miller and Rabat target points in Misano
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller is primed to return to his early season top ten form in tomorrow’s Misano race, despite the crushing disappointment of qualifying.
Miller will start 14th on the grid after his superb fast lap in Q1 was cancelled by race officials when the Aussie ace was deemed to have exceeded the track limits at turn 11, the flat out right-hander on the back straight.
It was a bitter pill for Miller who is eager to turnaround a form slump since returning from the summer break as he was set for a spot in Q2 and a top 12 starting position.
Miller topped the timesheets as the chequered flag came out in Q1 but was denied a deserving place in Q2 when his time of 1’33.548 was cancelled.
Miller’s qualifying performance showed a dramatic improvement in maximizing his time attack pace on new tyres. Miller’s official time in qualifying was just over one second faster than his best in free practice.
After showing impressive pace with the 12th fastest time after FP3 in clear and sunny conditions Rabat could not capitalise on that performance in qualifying.
The Spaniard will start 18th on the sixth row but is renowned for his race day determination and ability to grab points.
Tomorrow’s 28-lap race at the 4.2km circuit located in the suburbs of Misano is round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship.
Jack Miller: 14th – 1’33.933
“It is really disappointing to have my lap time cancelled after putting in such a big effort, it doesn’t really feel like racing. I haven’t seen the replay and if I was completely out of the track then I can understand the decision. But the upside is I have strong pace for the race and the time I did was good given the conditions this weekend. The weather forecast is for rain tomorrow so we’ll have to plan around that but I’m feeling positive about challenging for a good haul of points.”
Tito Rabat: 18th – 1’34.095
“I was 12th fastest after free practice so this is a good sign for the race but I struggled with the rear tyre in FP4 and then in qualifying which is never an easy session for me. But as always I will give 100% and now we wait to see what the weather does for the race tomorrow.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Today we saw the Jack Miller as the rider who scored a string of top ten results at the beginning of the season. Jack did his fast lap riding alone and was ready to go into Q2, he deserved it but it wasn’t to be and we have to live with this decision. Tito was also impressive, he was third fastest on his first run but unfortunately he did not get the best out of his tyres on the second time attack. I think both Jack and Tito have the potential to score points in the race.”