Preparations for the 2015 season began in earnest at the Valencia circuit in Spain today, scene of yesterday’s final round of this year’s MotoGP World Championship. Sunny skies and ideal temperatures gave rise to a positive first day for CWM LCR Honda and one of their two new riders for next season, Jack Miller.
The Australian youngster may have ended yesterday’s Moto3 World Championship with a sixth race victory and the runners-up spot in the title race, but it was a completely different story for the Queenslander today. Having competed all season on a 250cc bike in Moto3, he got his first taste of the CWM LCR Honda RC213V-RS Open machine, and began to learn his way around the track on the 1000cc beast.
Scores of photographers and TV cameras witnessed Miller’s first exit from the pits, and once he returned, the Aussie was wearing a huge smile. The 19 year-old continued to spend the day getting accustomed to the new bike, and will have a further two days to do so at Valencia although rain is forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday.
Jack Miller #43 (22nd place, 1’34.633, 61 laps) – “It was a really good day and we got a lot of testing done – I did a lot of laps! I enjoyed it so much though, and I think it might be one of the greatest days of my riding career. I have never had so much fun on a bike; the power was incredible, the brakes were great and it’s amazing how much grip you get from the tyres. It just means that I’m looking forward even more to the upcoming days of testing with the CWM LCR Honda Team. Although I’ve enjoyed today, we’ll be working really hard and staying focused on learning this new machine step by step.”
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