Jack Miller has made a successful comeback to MotoGP action at the three-day pre-season test in Australia, after missing the first test of the year in Malaysia after breaking his right leg in a motocross accident in January.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider finished 15th on the timesheets at the end of the test, setting his fastest lap of the three days late on the final afternoon to finish within a second of the benchmark time set by fellow Honda rider Marc Marquez.
Jack had a small crash at Siberia on the morning of the final day, but was able to continue without injury and complete an important three days ahead of the final test in Qatar from March 2-4.
“It’s been a good test and we’ve managed to get a lot of things out of the way here, so we’re not faced with a massive job in Qatar in two weeks,” Jack said.
“I think just to feel how it was on the bike here was well worth it and it’s going to be even better in Qatar with an extra two weeks to heal and more physiotherapy, so it’s all good.
“It’s a shame about the weather, but we still managed to get a heap of laps in and I was stoked to be back on the bike. The lap this afternoon felt comfortable and I didn’t feel like I was taking any risks. The fall this morning was my error; I had a bit of a moment and pushed the pads back in the calipers, but it was only a small one.
“I’m really happy with the first test of 2016 and I’m looking forward to Qatar.”
Jack’s chief engineer Cristian Gabarrini said the Island test went better than anticipated.
“We made a lot more progress than we expected,” he said.
“We were unsure of Jack’s physical condition following his injury, but in the end he had good endurance, completing more than 50 laps yesterday and almost 40 more today. This was a good test, with Jack setting his fastest time right at the end today, on a tyre that had already done 10 laps.
“This was Jack’s first time on the latest Michelin tyres, and we think we’ve found something here that can help him get the best from them, so we’re really satisfied.”