Miller expects unpredictable MotoGP season

Tom Howard

Tuesday 15th December, 2015 - 4:00am

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Jack Miller

Jack Miller aboard his 2016 Marc VDS Racing Honda

MotoGP is set for one of the most unpredictable seasons next year as the sport adapts to new tyres and control electronics, according to Jack Miller.

The Australian rider is gearing up for his second season in the premier category which will see him step up from Open class machinery to a full specification Honda at Marc VDS Racing.

Next season will see the championship undergo two significant changes with the introduction of control electronics and Michelin tyres.

The new-for-2016 items were debuted at the post-season test in Valencia in November with mixed results.

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has already declared that the tyres will make a big difference next year while describing the electronics system as a “step into the past”.

With such a seismic change for riders to acclimatise to in 2016, Miller believes the campaign will produce a series of unpredicatable results.

“I think it will level the playing the field a bit,” Miller told Speedcafe.com.

“I think it is going to be an awesome year for the spectators especially the first few races as the riders get used to the changes.

“The Bridgestone front tyre was amazing. You could put an incredible amount of force on it.

“Michelin tyres work in a different way because they have an incredible rear tyre which means you have to be a bit more gentle on the front and that is the key point I feel.

“It will be interesting to see who can adapt to that the quickest. Guys like (Marc) Marquez who really push the front tyre hard are going to find it different.

“I feel next season is going to throw a few curveballs. I think it is going to be exciting for sure.”

After a season of ups and downs competing on an Open class LCR Honda, the Queenslander is eagerly anticipating the chance to showcase his talent on front running machinery.

The 20-year-old aims to work on improving his consistency after recording six points finishes while suffering seven retirements in his debut year.

“Consistency is the next goal. In anyone’s first year in MotoGP there are a lot of falls,” added Miller.

“We had a few this year but I think we learned from most of them.

“We haven’t really set too many targets but staying on the bike more is definitely one.

“But we want to be fighting with the top satellite Hondas and the top satellite bikes which I feel is a reasonable objective but we are going to have work towards that.

“Marc VDS have really taken me under their wing, it feels like a team environment.

“I’m really excited to be there. We will be on the newest machines and if we need any parts they will spend the money.

“They are here to win and not to make up the numbers.”

Miller returned to Australia last week before taking part in the Perth Speed Fest at the weekend.