Miller set for strong surge in Silverstone race
With his fastest lap of the weekend so far Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller has qualified 17th for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
The Aussie ace posted his quickest lap of 2’01.672 to go almost one second faster than his best time in Friday afternoon’s impressive FP2 session.
The 5.9km Silverstone Circuit is fast and flat, featuring a challenging series of high-speed curves with Miller posting a top speed of 324kph on his Honda RC213V.
Miller admits that a couple of small but costly errors cost him crucial time in qualifying after making positive set-up changes that point to a strong race performance.
Tito Rabat will start from 22nd position after showing the potential in practice for a much better starting position.
In the earlier FP4 session, with his Honda RC213V running in race trim, Rabat was impressively 11th fastest but was only able to go 0.1s faster in qualifying.
But the Spanish rider has made a huge step forward from a year ago, improving his times by more than two seconds at this iconic Grand Prix circuit.
The session was held in dry and sunny conditions after morning showers, which saw FP3 run on a damp but drying track.
The 20-lap British Grand Prix is the 12th of 18 races in the MotoGP World Championship.
Jack Miller: 17th – 2’01.672
“I just didn’t put it all together when it counted in qualifying. I felt like I had good speed and my second run had the potential to have me further up the grid but I messed up the first sector and then ran a little wide in the final part of that lap. On my second run I had a bit of shake coming off turn two and ran off the track. My lap times are consistent but 17th on the grid is not ideal, I needed to do this time on Friday to get straight into Q2 but I’m feeling comfortable for the race.”
Tito Rabat: 22nd – 2’02.211
“I am very disappointed because I tried to do my best. But again on this bike I feel that my fastest times come easier when I have rider to follow and I tried to do this with Jonas Folger but unfortunately the plan did work out. Despite my position on the grid we have done a good job and I am sure I can be stronger in the race and get some points. The last few races have been a bit of a nightmare for me but I’m staying calm and I'm ready to give 100%.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“For Jack I was expecting a better qualifying position but on a long circuit like Silverstone it is difficult when you make even small mistakes on your qualifying runs. But the race pace is strong and Jack has the potential to take back some positions and go deep into the points in the race. Unfortunately it has so far been a difficult weekend for Tito and a little strange that he is so far behind the other Honda riders. For sure the race will be a challenge for him tomorrow.”