Jack Miller returns to the scene of his only MotoGP win to date at Assen this weekend fed up of Honda’s acceleration deficit.
Honda debuted a revamped engine for 2017 that included a different firing order as it tried to improve things following disappointing showings in recent seasons.
The results have been mixed, as factory pair Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have both won a race while LCR’s Cal Crutchlow made the podium in Argentina.
Marc VDS rider Miller, though is frustrated and lost his cool after crashing out in Barcelona last time out, cursing his lack of acceleration.
The 22-year old Aussie, who is in the final year of his three-year Honda contract, said that Marquez, Pedrosa and Crutchlow were performing better because they have better machines.
“It sucks. I feel like not only a second rider but a third rider, you know what I mean?
“I’m here, putting in the work and, it sucks to say but I had a s*** bike in the first year, last year wasn’t much better and this year it seems I’m on the bike I got given at the Phillip Island test.
“Nothing has been updated; the same problem I’ve been complaining about since Qatar is still happening now.
Miller, though, said his immediate priority was getting on top of the new front tyre that was introduced at Mugello.
He didn’t enjoy the best of times in Italy, finishing 15th, but the Australian said he was more comfortable at Barcelona as he heads to Assen following last year’s surprise Dutch TT win.
“Confidence feels good, I just got to keep working at it and like I said we’re just getting the bike dialled in with this new front tyre,” he said.
“It will be interesting to see how this front tyre works (at Assen), it’s not really a heavy-braking track and this tyre seems to suit more heavy-braking style.”