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Miller “pissed off” with Mandalika MotoGP check crash

The Australian was a low-key 15th on the timesheets at the end of Sunday in Indonesia having targeted his efforts on race operating.

His day was virtually compromised by a crash early into his first race simulation, nevertheless, when the steadiness of his Ducati GP22 was thrown off when he took onboard a full gas tank.

Indignant on the mistake, Miller was in a position to return to his Ducati storage for his second bike and end his programme – which he admitted was “vital to me”.

“Prepared, no – however when are we ever prepared?” he replied, when requested if he felt prepared for the Qatar season-opener on 6 March.

“I imply, the race is the race. It’s fully totally different. I really feel as prepared as we will be to go there.

“As you possibly can inform by my face, it was fairly sizzling and an extended day.

“However, anyway, we obtained by means of what we wanted to at present. Sadly, I had a little bit crash on the primary of my lengthy runs, simply placing the complete tank.

“More often than not the boys are simply filling the tank up, so to get the complete tank you’ll want to take the gas tank out and as soon as we did that simply the steadiness of the bike was a little bit bit off.

“I used to be struggling the primary 4 or 5 laps and was struggling to hit my line.

“Ultimately I went onto the soiled a part of the monitor and went over.

“So, that pissed me off a little bit bit as a result of it was simply a type of crashes that didn’t must occur.

“Happily sufficient, I used to be in a position to come again and get one other bike, regroup and return out once more.

“That was vital to me, simply to get that race simulation beneath my belt.”

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Group

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Group-mate Francesco Bagnaia was fifth on the finish of the day having additionally labored on his race operating.

The 2021 championship runner-up praised Ducati’s work in the course of the Indonesia check as “unbelievable”.

“Now we have ready the bike to race effectively in Qatar,” he mentioned. “Our tempo and consistency was OK.

“We determined to do the race simulation with the medium tyre. That was not the best choice, however we have been very fixed by way of tempo.

“We’re working rather a lot and nonetheless we have to work extra.

“However, with solely 5 days of testing, you’ll want to strive every part in much less laps than regular.

“However it’s OK like this. Lastly, we discovered a compromise that I like, so I feel in Qatar we are going to begin effectively.”

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