12 July 2014
Jack Miller casts doubt on 2015 MotoGP move
“A MotoGP bike is still a motorbike and if you can learn then why not? But I don't think it is going to happen” - Jack Miller.
Moto3 World Championship leader Jack Miller has played down the chances of making a shock move directly to MotoGP next season.
Marc Marquez winning the MotoGP title at his very first attempt last season smashed the perception that it takes several years to adapt to a 1000cc four-stroke prototype.
Now the factories are searching for the next super-quick rising star and Australian teenager Miller has certainly caught their attention by claiming his first three grands prix victories this season.
However Marquez, who spent two seasons in the intermediate Moto2 category, advised against such a move.
“If he does that step [direct to MotoGP] it will be interesting, no?” said the Spaniard, winner of all eight races this season. “Of course every rider has his own situation. I think from my side, my experience, you need to pass through Moto2. I have the experience, and also the crashes in Moto2, and then arrived in MotoGP.
“If you go direct to MotoGP then maybe you can learn, because everything is possible, but I think everything needs to be step-by-step. But maybe he is ready to go to MotoGP. I don't know how he feels?”
Miller, in his first season on competitive machinery at the factory Red Bull KTM Ajo team, stated: “Like Marc said, it's a massive step, but I believe it's a motorbike and if you can learn on this then why not? But I don't think it is going to happen.”
Miller is currently embroiled in a contractual dispute with the Marc VDS Moto2 team, which claims to have a binding contract with him for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
“I am free and I'm looking,” said Miller about 2015. And a contract with Marc VDS? “No... Not binding anyway.”
Despite his comments, a MotoGP move would explain why Miller would not want to ride for Marc VDS, whose present riders are first and second in the Moto2 standings.
Given the potential risks, it is assumed Miller would only make the early step to MotoGP with competitive satellite Honda or Yamaha machinery. All four such machines are still available for 2015, although Pol Espargaro is set to remain at Tech 3 if, as expected, Jorge Lorenzo re-signs for Movistar Yamaha.
Miller will start Sunday's German Moto3 Grand Prix from pole position. Miller's title lead has been cut to just seven points over Romano Fenati (KTM) and Marquez's younger brother Alex (Honda) after falling from the lead last time at Assen.
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