Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller said that he felt safer on slick tyres than he did on the wet tyres, and the Australian qualified on the middle of the front row ahead of the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
The Aussie was expected to be quick in the mixed conditions and he didn’t disappoint. After coming out on wet tyres, Miller was one of the first men in for slick tyres along with Marc Marquez and Alex Rins.
Miller was quick on the slick tyres, however Marquez’ pace, combined with a late crash, left the Ducati man having to settle for second place. Miller said that as soon as the conditions get tricky, everybody expects him to do something crazy, but he actually felt safer on the slicks than the wet tyres.
“All in all, a reasonable today, I ended up in the gravel trap which wasn’t ideal,” said the 24-year-old.
“As you say, as soon as it gets to those tricky conditions, I get started at a lot and people expect me to put them on. I came in with Marc, I did my first laps in the wet with Marc, and both of us were in the same boat and honestly, I felt probably safer on the slicks than I did on the wets.
“You’re braking into turn three and other placed and when it goes from wet to dry the wets were so hot and boiling basically that when you hit the water it was all over the place, front going, rear going.
It took me maybe 20 seconds longer than Marc to make the decision to go on the slick bike, and I think that was the difference. He got out a little earlier and was maybe half a track ahead of me and was able to make it work. I caught the rain in the second last lap in the last corner and I thought I might get round and hopefully it will stop, but it was a little bit more wet than the last lap and I was maybe a little bit short by about 200 metres.”
It has been a strong weekend for Miller, even in the dry conditions. When asked about his pace in the dry and expectations for tomorrow, Miller said: “We’ll see. It’s been nice to just start the weekend out strongly, the last couple of Grand Prix in Sachsenring and Assen haven’t been ideal for us.
“So, it’s nice to come directly to a track and feel good off the bat, even after a three-week break. The team are working really well, we’ll see where we go tomorrow. Marc’s on fire in the minute and next time if he wants to close the gas, he can do it, it’s no difference for me.”