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Miller time as motorcycle action hits top gear

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Jack Miller will hope to build on a solid 2016. Picture: Mark Stewart

THE world’s best motorcycle racers — in two premier classes — will descend on Phillip ­Island as pre-season testing hits top gear.

All 12 MotoGP teams will hit the 4.4km coastal circuit for three days, starting Wednesday, to test their 2017 bikes.

Then on Monday, the World Superbike teams will check into the pits for two days of testing before the opening round’s races at the island on February 25 and 26.

The MotoGP line-up will include sole Australian entrant Jack Miller, 22, who is beginning his third year in the elite category.

Miller, riding the Marc VDS Honda, will hope to build on a solid 2016 during which he won his first race — the Dutch TT at Assen — and finished in the points seven times.

Rain interrupted much of the MotoGP testing event two weeks ago at Sepang, Malaysia.

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