“I had my mechanics make some changes to my bike just to earn their salary.” Miller’s comment says a lot about how good he feels, and so does the Desmosedici, in Aragon. Considering Bagnaia’s record time, Jack was first before the others, but he can’t complain, because he expected the worst before arriving in Aragon.
“I had a lot of fun in 2019. I struggled a lot in 2020,” he said, summing up the past two years. “This time I felt good right away. The bike is fantastic, especially in longer corners. We usually couldn’t keep the trajectory, while it was the last sector of the track, with those kind of corners, that saved me today.”
The Desmosedici’s progress was clear, and the Australian rider seems to know why.
“I think, thanks to a year of experience, we’ve figured out why Michelin’s new rear tire works and how our bike behaves,” he explained. “Also, with so many riders, you understand what they do differently than you in the places where you struggle. All this made the difference.”
The result is that Miller is ready for the race.
“I feel more ready than ever,” he reassured. “I feel especially good with the soft tire. Even when I decrease the power a little, the times don’t change. Then I usually always manage to be faster in the race. Competitors? Marquez fell a couple of times, and I think he’ll be very ‘hot’ in the early laps. I’m happy to start in front of him,” he concluded laughing.