Jack Miller must overturn an 11-point deficit to Alex Marquez at Valencia on Sunday, if he is to move to MotoGP as the Moto3 world champion.

Red Bull KTM's Miller led the way for much of this season, but saw title momentum swing in favour of his Honda rival after a collision at round 14 (of 18) at Aragon.

Marquez then increased his advantage to 25 points with victory in Japan. But Miller fought back at Phillip Island and Sepang, where he harassed Marquez with a series of block passes.

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With Marquez riding in front of his home fans at Valencia, Miller could be pigeon-holed as the villain this weekend - something that is unlikely to worry the Australian.

"The Comunitat Valenciana Circuit is one of my favourites," Miller said. "It is a very special track, where I've always enjoyed the atmosphere - especially for the big races - and it is always full. I've never actually finished a race there, but I think I have had good performances.

"We will have to start setting the bike up from scratch, because even though we were there in pre-season the conditions are completely different. We must seize this last chance for the title. We'll see what happens in this very decisive race."

The eleven point difference means even if Miller wins on Sunday, third place would be enough for Marquez to be crowned before moving to Moto2 next season.

Miller will make his MotoGP debut with LCR Honda in next week's Valencia test.

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I suspect the Spanish riders will gang up on Miller and give him a hard time in the race. It has happened before.