Weight gain, Miller's fear of forced stop

The championship being delayed by several weeks, the pilots must maintain their physical condition as best they can. Jack Miller is aware of the risk that his preparation may deteriorate, so he tries to keep a strict routine.



Jack Miller, Pramac Racing


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Jack Miller, Pramac Racing

The championship being delayed by several weeks, the pilots must maintain their physical condition as best they can. Jack Miller is aware of the risk that his preparation may deteriorate, so he tries to keep a strict routine.

Returned to Andorra after the last pre-season tests, was preparing to leave his home to join Qatar and start the championship when on the eve of his departure, the authorities announced the abolition of the Losail race for the category Queen. "Once Qatar was canceled, we knew that Thailand would be too, and that we would never be allowed to enter America if these two were removed …" he says on his blog.

"As soon as I found out, and since it was cold and snowing in Andorra, I decided it was time to go home [to Australia]. I was at my parents' house before Moto2 and Moto3 raced in Qatar, and it was strange to watch it from home, without being injured and without any other reason to be there. "

"I'm not going to lie, it puts motivation to the test when you don't have a specific date or time to plan for. You spend the winter getting in shape, making sure you are ready, we did the tests and then everything stops. We feel like we are stuck in purgatory. My whole life is dictated by the dates – we go on a race for one week, we travel the following week, we tested the week after… Now we really don't know and we have no way of knowing [when the season will start]. It could be Catalonia, it could be Assen… who knows? "

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With an absence of races very unusual during this period, the pilots must try to maintain a stable training program and not to let go, in order to be as ready as possible when the recovery takes place. "My training program has not changed", says Jack Miller, who can get out of his house and can do motocross or other outdoor activities, among other things. "I keep cycling and running, and I make a point of getting up early and getting down to it. It's easy here, because it's hot, it clearly helps."

"We could easily lose motivation, train a little less, gain a few pounds where we don't want it … This is clearly something I try to avoid", he admits, "Because in the past I had a hard time losing weight when I gained it. I have worked very hard on this aspect, so I will try to keep as much as possible and so I will not have not push too hard later to get as close to my best form as possible. "

Although frustrated by this situation, as are his colleagues and opponents, the Pramac driver therefore tries both to stay focused and to see the positive side of things: this stopping of competition allows him to spend time in Australia, where he enjoys a mild autumn and his loved ones. "The past few weeks have been the longest period I have spent in Australia in about ten years, and the positive side of it all is that it's really nice to be home. We wish it was for better reasons, and it sucks not to run, but there is something positive to be gained from it, for sure. "