With his disappointing second-place finish in Moto3 behind him, Jack Miller is hard at work learning how to use Honda’s RC213V-RS. And, his new boss isn’t making it easy.
In an interview with MotoGP.com, LCR Honda owner Lucio Cecchinello says they are making Miller learn how to ride his new bike with minimal electronic help, so he understands how the machine is reacting to the different electronic inputs.
“We want him to understand that the electronics will be a help which he is going to receive in the future, but only once he has first fought to the extreme with the bike itself,” said Cecchinello. “Once he has adapted his style and body to the bike and finds the natural limit with it, we will then give him more electronics in small doses. But first he needs to understand how the bike behaves and get to grips with taming the beast!
There’s been a fair bit of hype surrounding Miller since he made the jump to the premier class, possibly because management would love it if he attracted Australian interest in the series like Casey Stoner did.
Miller’s new crew chief, Cristian Gabarrini, is one of Stoner’s old crew, so he knows all about dealing with Aussies.
Right now, Miller is at Sepang, riding the new bike. A big part of that test is just learning how the new machine works, as the 2015 customer bike is a big upgrade over the previous version Honda had rented out.