Miller: “In Austin, I rode the way I knew how to and I liked doing it.”
After a weekend in Argentina that fell short of expectations, Jack Miller made no secret of his appreciation for the American track and rocked the second half of free practice behind teammate Johann Zarco.
“The bike has improved a lot compared to last week, especially in terms of grip“said the Australian driver. “I was able to ride like I know how to and have fun doing it. I have to say they did a great job with the new asphalt as well. It certainly helped a lot today as well. We haven’t used the device, but we won’t stop using it.“
Today, you fitted soft compounds on both tyres. Many preferred to work with medium or hard instead. A strategic decision? What do you think ?
”No, I’d be surprised if someone didn’t use hard or medium on the front here in Austin. The software can be useful in qualifications but not beyond. As for the rear tire, there are different options. Last year I was one of the few to mount hard rubber even at the rear, but without getting the result I expected. So, on Sunday, we will have to make a decision before the race. Overall, however, the feeling is exactly what I like. Riding on this track with the new bike and with this sector having improved a lot after the resurfacing, the expectations are good.”
The Ducati will probably do better this year than last, but the other bikes have also improved. Above all, Suzuki has proven that he has a good pace on a circuit where he has also won podiums in the past. What do you think?
“Suzuki has definitely proven they have good potential, even though they only have two bikes. It’s a circuit on which they know how to manage the tires well. Yamaha also did well today, so it’s hard to say for sure what will happen next. But it looks like Suzuki risked overheating another engine. It’s not for me to judge their decisions, but the season is still long, and it could become a problem.”
As for the wind, did you have any problems? What are your expectations for qualifications?
”The wind wasn’t a big issue, and I think that’s partly thanks to the new bike. Compared to the past, it’s no longer a real obstacle, especially at turn ten where, with the bumps, it was a real disaster. But it could create problems in the first trimester.”
What is the reason for this improvement in your confidence with the bike?
“The last race weekend was not the best. We tried to work well with the team, so as not to make the same mistakes again. Compared to Argentina, I can now get the most out of the bike in the corners, using the edges of the tires better. Now the bike is much better.“