Crash.net:
Do you feel your achievements were a little underappreciated with the Honda? You had to change crew chiefs and seemed to be down the pecking order when it came to upgrades.

Jack Miller:
In some results, for sure. Especially the win [at Assen, 2016] – that wasn’t just a win. It was the first win on a satellite bike in ten years. On a real satellite bike! There was some other stuff, too. Like the race at Phillip Island last year [in 2017], staying with those guys, and also at Valencia, we also did a pretty decent job.

Crash.net:
You grew up competing in local motocross series. Is that still your one passion?

Jack Miller:
I do a lot of motocross, and on dirt-track I enjoy as well. It’s probably not the safest thing for us, but it keeps me sane. As a kid I did it every day, growing up on a farm I rode a motocross bike day-in-day-out, every day of the week. It’s something that if I stopped altogether, I’d be lost without it.

Crash.net:
Can you switch off from bikes between races? Or do you have to be riding every day?

Jack Miller:
I’m not somebody who switches off completely, like Crutch [Cal Crutchlow] for example, who does nothing. I love riding bikes. When I go home I do whatever I can, be it trials bikes or motocross, or dirt-track, or supermotard or whatever we’re feeling that week.

Crash.net:
Are the odds stacked against an Australian rider a little more, in that you’re away from family for much of the time, and have to uproot at such a young age?

Jack Miller:
You can look at it in a negative way, or in a positive way. It also helps you focus. You’re away from your friends, your family, and you know what you’re there for. You appreciate also the little things when you go home. I go home for a month [each year]. For me, if I went home every week, especially with the Australian lifestyle, I’d be at home enjoying a beer. I wouldn’t be too serious about it. It’s good for me to be out. It’s the same over the winter. I go there [Australia] for a month but as soon as Christmas is over, on the 28th of December I’m back out to California, the same as I’ve done the past two years. You go away and you know what you’re there for. You train, and get ready for the upcoming season. If you’re at home, it’s easy to think, ‘We’ll do this today and get onto it [training] tomorrow.’

Crash.net:
Has it got easier, adapting to life away from home and being in Europe?

Jack Miller:
It is what it is. If you look at the long-term of your life, we haven’t got that many years to make a living out of this. You have to enjoy it while you can. You have to look at the positives. I’m fortunate enough that I am able to fly home during the winter because there are some guys that don’t do that even. It’s nice.

Crash.net:
The crash you suffered at Le Mans last year has to be one of the biggest in memory. Does an incident of that magnitude affect you?

Jack Miller:
That was terrifying. But I think I’ve had worse, or been in crashes that felt worse. Don’t get me wrong, that was fucking scary. But it wasn’t crazy bad. It wasn’t something that made me think, ‘Fuck, do I want to quit?’ or anything like that. That thought never went near my head. The hardest thing was just getting over the hand. The hand was broken again, and that was the worse thing. But for me, once it happens, you get up. I come from motocross, where, when something like that happens, you pick it up and you get going again as quick as possible, because the race is still on. For me it was just a case of getting up and getting going again.

Crash.net:
Do you feel being able to block those kinds of things out of your mind is ingrained in you? You either can or can’t…

Jack Miller:
Literally once I got back up I thought, ‘Fuck, that was big! But let’s go for qualifying.’

Crash.net:
How are you approaching 2019? Is securing a place in the factory team for 2020 the primary aim?

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