Jack Miller says he is mentally ready for the challenge facing him in MotoGP as he prepares for his premier class debut in Qatar on Sunday. The Australian has moved all the way up from Moto3 but feels comfortable with the more powerful machines and is now looking forward to seeing where he rates against the other open-class riders at Losail.
“I’m really looking forward to my first race weekend on the MotoGP bike with the CWM LCR Honda Team. It’s been a long wait since we started our winter tests back in Valencia in November, but I think testing hasn’t gone too badly and I am mentally prepared to race now. Nothing can compare to actually racing though, so we will see where we are at. I’m really excited to get going this weekend, especially in the qualifying sessions which should be fun with their special format. It’s all going to be difficult, I know, but I look forward to seeing where we are by the end of the weekend. I think it’s a bit too early to put any expectations on where we will finish, the first thing is to actually finish and then we will aim to be as close to the front as possible.”
Miller’s CWM LCR Honda teammate Cal Crutchlow has also enjoyed a positive pre-season and is looking to attack in this weekend’s season opener.
“Over the winter the CWM LCR Honda Team have been doing a great job and I’ve adapted quite well to the new bike. It’s difficult because it’s my third bike in three seasons and that makes it tough to adapt, but I’m focused and my team are too and I’ve been enjoying riding again. I felt good testing in Sepang, which I don’t normally, and then we came here to Qatar to test and I felt comfortable here too. I’m not just looking for consistency at the start of this season, we need to keep fighting and take some risks too, why not. There’s a lot of strong guys out there and it’s been close in testing, but I believe we can push immediately and then by the second or third races we’ll see where we are.”