After losing out on the 2014 Moto3 crown to Alex Marquez at the very final round, Jack Miller was propelled straight to MotoGP on a three-year deal with HRC, starting with an Open specification Honda at the LCR team.
Plenty of observers felt Miller should not have skipped Moto2, and some rivals were unhappy with his moves in the early races, but - with the exception of a collision with team-mate Cal Crutchlow in the wet Silverstone race - Miller improved in-line with his growing experience.
The end result was very much ‘job done’, with Miller finishing top of the four open Honda riders.
Moving from LCR to Marc VDS for 2016, Miller became the first of three new MotoGP race winners during the season, and the most surprising of the nine different winners, by storming to the first premier-class victory by a satellite rider since 2006 at a wet Assen.
Miller's 2016 preparations had been rocked by a broken leg in a motocross training incident. A big Austin highside then left him with additional foot injuries, while his RC213V was hobbled by early issues adapting to the new single ECU software. All of which meant the exuberant Aussie had scored just seven points prior to his historic ride in Holland. Just as he was returning to full fitness, Miller's season was again interrupted by injuries, in Austria, ultimately forcing him out of four more rounds.
A proven threat whenever conditions were tricky (his best three results were on a wet or drying track) Miller struggled for front-end feel in the dry - but felt immediately comfortable after being given a revised chassis, as used by Cal Crutchlow… once the season had ended.