The LCR Honda team issued the following press release after the first day of extra testing laid on for MotoGP rookie Jack Miller:
ROOKIE MILLER BACK ON TRACK AT SEPANG
One half of the CWM LCR Honda Team began the first of three test days at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia today, as preparations for the 2015 season continued before the testing ban comes into force during December and January.
As a rookie to MotoGP next season, the team’s new recruit Jack Miller is entitled to extra test days in order to smooth the transition to the premier class, and was joined out on the 5.543 km (3.444 mile) circuit by various test riders. Temperatures were cooler than during the scorching October race at the track, peaking at around 32°C, but with only four riders testing the surface took a while to clean.
The Australian, who joins the motorcycling elite after finishing as the championship runner-up in Moto3, was able to put in 39 laps of the track on his new Honda RC213V-RS until light rain at 4pm brought a halt to any further progress.
Testing continues at Sepang for Miller and the CWM LCR Honda Team on Thursday and Friday, where the 19 year-old will hope for better conditions to carry on with his adaptation to the new bike.
Jack Miller #43 (2’04.92, 39 laps)
“Today we got a chance to learn another track on the new bike, and it is a completely different style here compared to Valencia. It was actually quite a difficult day because the bike was slipping and spinning up quite a lot with there not being many bikes out on track. By the end of the day, though, I started to really enjoy myself. I’m learning more and more how to adapt my style to the CWM LCR Honda, and how to set it up a bit better. The bike is still incredible, I’m really happy with the power it has and so to ride it here in Malaysia and be able to use its full potential is great. Tomorrow we will continue working on my riding style and we’ll see where I get to in the end.”