Jack Miller looking forward to second MotoGP test in Sepang

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Jack Miller says he is excited to unleash more of the true potential of a MotoGP bike when he makes his second winter testing appearance at the Sepang track in Malaysia later this week.

The Australian made his MotoGP debut on this year’s production Honda RCV1000R in Valencia earlier this month.

But his three-day outing at the Sepang circuit will be a whole new experience where he will understand more about the performance potential of a 1000cc MotoGP bike.

The Ricardo Tormo track in Valencia is tight and twisty and spent predominantly in second and third gears.

But the vast Sepang layout is one of the fastest, longest and widest on the 18-round MotoGP calendar and Miller said he is looking forward to learning about the capabilities of a MotoGP machine.

It will be in Sepang this week that the 19-year will get his first chance to assess Honda’s new RC213V-RS Open class bike.

The bike features a pneumatic valve motor that is around 30bhp more powerful than the RCV1000R he rode in Valencia and it is also features a 2014-spec prototype RC213V chassis.

Asked by MCN how much he was looking forward to experiencing MotoGP on a fast and technical track like Sepang, the 2014 Moto3 runner-up said: “I spoke to a lot of the other MotoGP riders and they said here (Valencia) is one of the hardest tracks to ride a MotoGP bike because all the braking spots are at lean angle for the trail braking. I definitely really look forward to the Sepang test. The temperature is going to be a big factor there and that will really test me physically but I look forward to riding the bike there because I think at Sepang on a Moto3 bike you don't get the full potential out of the track. On a Moto3 bike it feels like you would be riding a pocket bike around here (Valencia) and you feel lost at Sepang because you don’t need the track to be that big. But on a MotoGP bike Sepang is going to be as big as you need it!”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt