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Miller keen to bounce back in front of home crowd

Australian rider Jack Miller celebrates after winning at Assen in June.
Australian rider Jack Miller celebrates after winning at Assen in June. BAS CZERWINSKI

MOTORSPORT: Jack Miller is looking forward to getting back on his home track for the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island this weekend.

But before the Townsville native sets his sights on a second ever victory, the 21-year-old will aim to simply get through without incident.

Miller has endured a horror run of late. He broke through for his first win in Assen in June, but then broke a leg, hand, wrist and three vertebra after a couple of accidents, sidelining him for three meetings.

He then crashed out of the Japanese MotoGP last weekend on the seventh lap in his first race back from the hand injury.

"It will feel extra special this year going back as a MotoGP winner and I want to bounce back from what was a pretty difficult weekend in Japan,” the Marc VDS Honda rider said.

"I love Phillip Island and hopefully we can find something in the bike that gives me a bit more confidence to push at the limit.

"I was fast there last season on the open-class bike and I go there determined to turn around what has been a pretty rough period in the season for me.

"There is always a bit of extra pressure when you race at home but it is a cool feeling to know so many fans have come to watch you put on a show.

"It is pressure I thrive on and hopefully I can give the Australian crowd something to shout about.”

Miller's win in the Netherlands was the first for an Australian since Casey Stoner in 2012.

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