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The Australian spent 5 seasons with Ducati, initially with Pramac between 2018 and 2020, earlier than stepping as much as its manufacturing unit squad in 2021.
The four-time race winner has switched to KTM for 2023 and loved a robust debut on the Portuguese Grand Prix, ending fourth within the dash and seventh in the primary race.
Evaluating the RC16 to the Desmosedici he beforehand rode and which received each races in Portugal, Miller mentioned: “To be trustworthy I felt it was lower than the Ducati when it comes to physicality.
“The bike itself is moderately nimble. My neck was a bit stiff in the direction of the tip, however it at all times will get fairly stiff right here in Portimao.
“You’ve got acquired three rights in a row on the first corners, so the time you turn over for the subsequent nook you are attempting to stretch it.”
KTM’s pre-season wasn’t easy and the staff seemed to be on the again foot coming into the primary spherical of the season.
However each manufacturing unit riders making it into the highest seven in the primary race, in addition to Miller ending Friday quickest and qualifying fifth confirmed the KTM is in a greater place than initially thought.
Jack Miller, Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing
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How near the frontrunners it’s won’t change into obvious till after the subsequent few rounds, given the Portuguese GP adopted two days of testing on the Algarve venue.
However Miller believes that every one the work KTM has performed in refining the set-up of the RC16 in Portugal pays dividends within the coming rounds.
“I really feel just like the steps we have made when it comes to electronics and technique and that type of factor, when it comes to set-up our plan coming into this grand prix was to not flip the bike the other way up anymore,” Miller added.
“We would been doing that, and we type of acquired comfy on the final day [of testing].
“Our essential plan for this grand prix was simply regular race weekend stuff, let’s play with settings, let’s get the bike in a good place and work on myself driving the bike. And I feel we have been in a position to do this.
“Cross my fingers, we cannot know until we get there, however I actually do suppose that the technique we have now, the way in which we have the electronics in place, the way in which the chassis is working, we are able to make it work at these upcoming occasions.”