Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller will return to the site of his first MotoGP win this weekend when the Dutch TT returns.
Miller’s heroic deeds in torrential rain in Assen 2016 on a very unfavorable Marc VDS Honda showed what the Aussie driver was and can do, even if it is a track that I’ve never really been in a good mood on in the dry.
Miller hopes to do better than 2019 – the last race, held in 2020, has been canceled, which he believes will be due to the Desmosedici GP-21, which is battling far for podiums week after week this year.
Miller added, “Yes, the memories are sure to come back. It was kind of an up and down through my career.
“Sure there will be this huge highlight in 16, but it’s one that I’ve never really got on with in the dry, we say. But I really want to come back this year.
“I struggled a little the last time in 2019 but I think with the package we have this year we have a bike that can fight for the podium week after week.
“It just wasn’t our day last week. I felt awesome all weekend, but I just couldn’t keep up in the race.”
The key to improving on ninth place years ago, tenth the year before, is the quick change of direction, which was still a problem at Mugello but has been better overall this season.
Miller said: “The change of direction was quite difficult and so were the long corners. For example, we have some really long corners in the first sector – they were a bit harder in the past.
“But as we’ve seen this year, the bike has improved a lot.
“In Mugello we had to struggle a bit with the rapid change of direction like in the last sector.
“Hopefully it shouldn’t be too much of a problem here with pitching the bike, but we have to see that in free practice.”