Jack Miller first Honda home in wet Sepang race
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller rode a carefully judged wet weather race to finish eighth in today’s rain hit Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Australian wet track master claimed his fifth top ten finish of the season so far after starting 14th on the fifth row.
Miller made an early charge to settle in tenth despite not finding the optimum set-up for a wet track during practice and qualifying.
After a mid-race battle with Alvaro Bautista for eighth Miller elected to bring his Honda RC213V home as the first Honda finishing one second clear of Pol Espargaro.
The race start was delayed by 20 minutes because of heavy rain and reduced to 19 laps.
Jack Miller: 8th
“I am always looking for more but in the conditions today I can take this result, it was pretty good considering the really tricky conditions, it wasn’t easy to stay on the bike. All weekend I had not been comfortable with our set-up in the wet so I’m reasonably happy to bring it home in the top ten and be the first Honda rider. Now it’s off to Valencia and, hopefully, a strong finish to the season.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“The target was to finish the race for both riders and for Jack to be in the top ten and first Honda in these conditions is good result. For sure we did not have the set-up for Jack at 100% but overall I’m happy to finish the three flyaway races with this result. For Tito it was a difficult weekend and although he finished the race we need to look at what we can do for the final race in Valencia to help boost his feeling to be more competitive in MotoGP.”