SportMotoGPMiller: "I think I can finish third overall"

Miller: "I think I can finish third overall"

Jack Miller is on a roll. The Townsville driver has been reunited with pole position; a recognition that he had not achieved since the 2018 season. The mixed conditions in which the classification was played came in handy, and he did not miss the opportunity to be the fastest in Misano.

“It was one of those moments where the pitlane was full of water,” explained the Australian in the post-Q2 press conference . “We all went out with wet tires to be able to do at least one lap, but when I came out I saw that everything was very dry and I decided to change the tyres”.

And it is that, as a native of the Pacific continent, it finds grip where others struggle to pull. “I drove as if it were a more or less dry track,” he explains. “I was skidding like [the track] was kind of greasy. By the second lap I was able to push, which surprised me.”

Although Miller remained at the top of the table throughout training, he admits that he was “a little nervous” when he saw the great equality between his teammates. Once the preferential position is secured, he admits that it is “fantastic to get a pole again after four years”.

The double achieved today, with Pecco Bagnaia registering the second fastest time (although he will start from fifth place after being penalized in FP1), confirms the state of grace in which the official Ducati duo finds itself.

“I feel good, and we have had several good weekends. In fact, Austria was the only time I was able to overtake Pecco, although he quickly gave it back to me. There are many strong drivers, and some of them will start further back. We will have to see how the race develops, but we see ourselves in good shape and the bike is going very well.”

The #43 was asked about the rude overtaking to his leader in Spielberg , to which he replied that “you have to be careful”. “I can’t just overtake him like crazy. We know what’s at stake; I know what he’s aiming for and what I’m aiming for, so I’ll try to do my best, like I always do.”

“Now we are both in a good moment and that makes it easier to block the others. We are both going fast, and realistically I think I can get third place overall. There are many races left and anything can happen. “.

That change in trend, however, comes after Miller announced his departure to KTM, after a not-so-good first half of the season. “I have already made my decision and I am happy with it. What I want is to give my best until the end of the season, and until then [at Ducati] they will have my best version. In the end, you don’t know what your last podium, your last victory or your last pole”.

“At the moment I have one of the most competitive bikes on the grid, if not the most, and I want to finish this chapter in the best possible way. They have been fantastic with me and have given me many updates, so I don’t have much more to say about that either. Ultimately, the one who made the decision [to leave] was me.”

They also asked him about the responsibility of his partner, with whom he got engaged last summer, in improving his performance. “The commitment to my partner has calmed me down a bit, and it helps me disconnect. It’s great to have someone to talk to and share things with. And well, I’m also getting older. The other day I saw that I had more gray hair than ever , but at least I still have another two years with KTM to grow a little more.

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