Rabat and Miller ready to make amends in Le Mans
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS head to this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans determined to get their 2017 championship campaign back on track, after Jack Miller and Tito Rabat both crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez two weeks ago.
Miller and Rabat arrive in Le Mans with confidence renewed after a successful post race test at the Jerez circuit, which was followed by a productive one-day wet test with Michelin in Valencia.
Miller was the innocent victim in Alvaro Bautista's crash in Jerez, but it saw the Australian drop out of the top ten in the championship standings for the first time this season. Miller arrives in France determined to reclaim his top ten position with a good result at the resurfaced Le Mans circuit.
Rabat was disappointed not to finish in Jerez, but left his home race buoyed by the fact that he'd been closer to the frontrunners in both practice and the race than ever before in his MotoGP career. The Spaniard is determined to build on this progress this weekend in France, on a track at which he has twice finished on the Moto2 podium.
“Jerez was bad only because of the crash in the race, but I was happy with the fact that all weekend I was closer to the frontrunners than I've been since I stepped up to MotoGP. We also had a good test on the Monday, where I equalled my qualifying time on the race tyre, so I head to Le Mans with some optimism. The weather is always a factor at Le Mans, but after a day wet weather testing with Michelin at Valencia; I'm ready regardless of whether it's wet or dry. We've made a lot of progress with the bike over the last few races and I'm looking forward to continuing in this way this weekend in France.”
“I'm feeling really positive, as we had good pace in Jerez before I was taken out of the race. We also found a few more things during the post race test on Monday, which was good for us. We learnt a lot during the wet test with Michelin at Valencia that could help us this weekend at Le Mans, where the weather is typically unpredictable this early in the year. Since then I've been able to do some solid training at home and I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead in France where, hopefully, we can rediscover our pace from Jerez.”