MotoGP » 4 July 2014
Marc VDS claims 'binding' Jack Miller contract
'Nowhere was there a clause related to early release from the contract should Jack Miller receive an offer for MotoGP in 2015' - Marc VDS.
The Marc VDS team has issued a statement declaring it has a binding contract in place with Moto3 title leader Jack Miller until the end of 2016.
'Jack Miller recently stated on the official Ajo Motorsport website that he has no contract for the future,' said the Marc VDS press release.
'This statement is inaccurate. Jack Miller signed a binding three-year contract with the Marc VDS Racing Team for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.'
The Australian teenager has enjoyed instant success upon moving to the factory Red Bull KTM Ajo team at the start of this season, in a deal Marc VDS says was brokered by them as part of the multi-year contract.
'Under the terms of this six-page contract, the Marc VDS Racing Team negotiated on Jack Miller's behalf to secure him a Moto3 World Championship ride with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team in 2014.
'During the course of these negotiations Ajo Motorsport team owner, Aki Ajo, was made aware of the contract between Jack Miller and the Marc VDS Racing Team and also that, under the terms of this contract, Jack Miller would contest the Moto2 World Championship for the Marc VDS Racing Team in 2015 and 2016.'
Miller's rising stock has even raised speculation that he could be fast-tracked to MotoGP as early as 2015.
'Nowhere was there a clause related to early release from the contract should Jack Miller receive an offer for MotoGP in 2015,' claims Marc VDS.
In terms of the actual contract, Marc VDS describe it as 'an extensive pre-agreement, covering the relevant key points such as exclusivity, payment conditions and technical support'.
They also claim that a final contract 'was negotiated and agreed between the parties' but admit that it was not signed.
However Marc VDS believes: 'In the absence of a signed final agreement, the signed pre-agreement remains extant and binding on both parties.'
Michael Bartholemy, Team Principal of the Marc VDS team, stated: “It is regrettable that we've had to make public this situation, but we really were left with no option.
“We have a contract with Jack Miller and we are already preparing for his arrival in the team for the 2015 season because, for us, a deal is a deal. If Jack has changed his mind and doesn't want to ride for us next year then he or his management team need to come and talk to us, rather than simply ignoring our numerous requests for a meeting to clarify the situation.
“We are not interested in playing games; we just want the situation sorted out expeditiously. Until it is resolved we cannot move forward with our own plans for the 2015 season, as we have no intention on reneging on the agreement by offering Jack Miller's place in the Marc VDS Racing Team to another rider.”
The statement concluded with Marc VDS wishing Miller 'the best of luck with his 2014 Moto3 World Championship campaign'.
Miller remains at the head of the Moto3 championship standings despite falling from the lead at Assen. The Australian, who has taken his first three grand prix victories this year, is now seven points clear of Romano Fenati and Alex Marquez.
Marc VDS meanwhile is currently holding first and second in the Moto2 standings with Esteve Rabat and Mika Kallio. The well funded Belgian team has frequently been linked with a move to MotoGP.
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