Jack Miller’s long-running contract saga is over as he re-signs with Pramac Ducati for the 2020 MotoGP season.

Having been assured just finer details were required from as early as June, Miller’s future at the satellite Ducati squad came under question during the Austrian MotoGP round when rumours emerged linking Jorge Lorenzo to his spot at Pramac Ducati.

With Miller sweating over his Ducati situation, he was assured of his own MotoGP future after hinting at offers from other manufacturers which quickly emerged as KTM when it confirmed Johann Zarco would be leaving the factory squad at the end of 2019.

But with the Australian rider still preferring to stay within the Ducati fold, his future has finally been confirmed through a new one-year deal to stay at Pramac Ducati for 2020 and will ride a factory-specification GP20.

Miller joined the satellite Ducati squad in 2018 from Marc VDS Honda and claimed his maiden MotoGP pole position in just his second outing for the Italian team in Argentina.

After a solid first season adapting to Ducati, Miller has impressed in 2019 with a pair of rostrums secured at the Circuit of the Americas and Brno leading to 24-year-old re-signing at Pramac Ducati for next season.

"I am very happy to have reached this agreement," Miller said. "Pramac Racing is a team that made me feel comfortable right from the start and the relationship with Ducati is very close.

"I will have again the official bike at my disposal and will do my best to achieve great results. I would like to thank Ducati and my team for the great work they have done so far."

With Pramac bosses eager to keep Miller for next year, team manager Francesco Guidotti is naturally delighted to announce the Australian’s signature.

"Our main goal is to grow young riders and give them the chance to ride the factory Ducati bike one day," Guidotti said. "Jack is proving to have great talent and his current position in the riders’ standings is confirmation of this.

"We are proud to have him with us also next season and we will now stay focused on our work to achieve even greater results in 2019."

With Miller’s future resolved, two spots on the 2020 MotoGP grid remain open on paper: Zarco’s vacated Red Bull KTM ride and the second spot at LCR Honda which Takaaki Nakagami is expected to retain.

 

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