Aussie sensation Jack Miller made his MotoGP debut on the 2014 Production Honda with all the electronic aids turned off as his CWM LCR team want him to learn to ride the bike first before adding in traction and wheelie control.
Miller put in a whopping 61 laps at Valencia with a best of 1’34.633, just three-tenths behind Eugene Laverty and only 3.6s off the fastest time set by Jorge Loreno on the 2015 factory YZR-M1.
“The speed, of course, was a shock at first but after two or three exits, you get used to it but nothing can prepare you for the brakes - all they want to do is tear the bike from underneath you,” said Miller, speaking at Valencia.
“I didn’t have traction control today, and no wheelie control, they want me to learn to ride the bike without the electronics first. It’s out of this world how the bike goes and without wheelie control and you come out of corners burying the rear brake trying to keep the front down.
“The you click fourth gear and think it might be alright, get tucked down and as soon as you hit fifth it starts again at 300mph, it’s mental. It is very easy to slide, I was having a lot of fun coming through turn 13 over the hill there.
“The difference in power is difficult to describe, going from 60bhp to what we have now. I’d never even ridden a 600, the Moto3 was the biggest bike I had ridden. Of course, it was more difficult to change direction. It is awesome to ride. You really have to use a V-direction in corners and turn it on the rear.
“It’s an amazing bike to ride and I have had the best day of my life. I didn’t sleep a wink , I couldn’t wait for 12 o’clock to come around. I am really happy with where we were, we weren’t trying for a laptime, I got a really good feeling off it, we made some adjustments as I got comfortable quite quickly.
“We didn’t try the harder option front as I seem to be struggling a little with the soft under brakes. I wasn’t expecting it but I feel like I am squishing it a little too much on the brakes. We will wait until we get some higher track temperature for those.”