Jack Miller: Tracks backwards

What circuits would MotoGP rider Jack Miller love to ride the other way around? You’d be surprised.

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Sepang, Malaysia: one of 18 circuits to feature in this year’s 2016 MotoGP world championship, and one used by the teams and riders for pre-season testing in steamy Kuala Lumpur. And one Aussie young gun Jack Miller lapped 406 times last year. In a clockwise direction.

But what if Miller was able to lap Sepang (or any other track for that matter) in the opposite direction? Would Sepang be even more of a challenge? Would the steep climb from the start-finish line at Mugello be more fun going (very rapidly) downhill? And would he dare take on the challenge of lapping his home track at Phillip Island the wrong way around?

Here, without any consideration to gravel traps, fences, run off and common sense, are some tracks ‘Jackass’ would love to tackle in the opposite direction – and a few he’d prefer not to.

Misano
Misano is one I’d like to see, because it used to go backwards there back in the day with the 500s before they stopped in the early 90s (1993). They changed the direction in 2007, before I started doing GPs. So that’d be a cool one to ride the other way because it’s got some history.

SEPANG,MALAYSIA,23.OCT.15 - MOTORSPORT - MotoGP, Grand Prix of Malaysia, Sepang International Circuit. Image shows Jack Miller (AUS/ Honda)

Aragon
Aragon would be another one that would be pretty cool because you’ve got that corkscrew section at turns 8-9-10 that’s downhill, so doing that uphill … You could make a heap of lap time up there, get way more aggressive and wind on the gas on. When you’re doing it the normal way, you’re always trying to get the bike stood up and in a straight line, tip-toeing through there. Being able to attack it the other way would be good.

Jerez and Valencia
I’d be really interested in doing Jerez the other way. There’s no one particular point that would be special, but adding it all together it’d be a pretty fun lap. Valencia too, to switch it up a bit. It’d take a little bit of time to get used to it, but I reckon the lap times at both tracks would be pretty similar. The tracks that are a bit flatter and more technical for the riders would be the ones that would work best the other way, so these two, definitely. Maybe Jerez the better of the two, but I’d try either.

Mugello
Mugello is awesome no matter which way you’d do it, but I wonder if you’d lose the sensation of speed if you did it the other way around. You’d never get the speed out of what is the first corner if it was made into the last corner and we were going the other way around. My favourite part of Mugello – the right way around – is that last corner, the cambered long left that winds on to that massive front straight; that’s the coolest thing in the world. The bike sounds like a tractor at the first moment and then it builds up and starts screaming. It’d be interesting to ride the other way, but it’s awesome as it is.

MISANO,ITALY,12.SEP.15 - MOTORSPORT - MotoGP, Grand Prix of San Marino, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Image shows Jack Miller (NZL/ Honda)

Phillip Island
I know I’m biased, but I don’t reckon you could get the Island better than it already is. Going the other way – going the wrong way over the top of Lukey Heights would be interesting, you’d nearly get airborne. It’s too good as it is. Let’s not mess with it!

Sachsenring
Sachsenring would be crazy the other way around. You’d probably want to avoid that one, or at least watch someone else do it first! The Waterfall corner, the super-fast downhill right-hander behind the pits … you’d get airborne going up the hill, as you just about do anyway when you’re going down it. Because of all of the lefts before that corner when we’re doing it the right way … the right-hand side of the tyre gets really cold, so you’re always holding your breath through there. The other way around – count me out.

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