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Jack Miller

Jack Miller
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Full Name: 
Jack Peter Miller
Birth Date: 
18 January, 1995
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Jack Miller Biography

Jack Miller will compete with the Ducati Lenovo Team in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship for what will be his second season with the factory outfit and eighth in the top flight.

Highly rated from a young age, Miller became the first rider to leap from the Moto3 class directly into MotoGP. After a surprise win in the wet at Assen 2016, Miller tooj his first dry MotoGP victories in 2021, during his best season to date. 

Miller remains alongside title runner-up Francesco Bagnaia.

Jack Miller - Route to MotoGP

Born in Townsville, Australia, on 18th January 1995, Miller made the first steps of his racing career in motocross, collecting six Australian titles before switching to road racing in 2009. Moving to Europe to compete in the German 125cc championship, Miller won his first IDM title in 2011, aged just 16. Following his success in Germany, the Australian made his World Championship debut the same year, racing six Grands Prix in the 125cc class.

In 2012, Miller took part in the entire Moto3 World Championship, racing with the Caretta Technology Team with whom he also contested the 2013 Championship, becoming one of the protagonists at the end of the season.

Signed by the renowned Red Bull KTM Ajo team for 2014, Miller became one of the main title contenders. After a hard-fought season, which saw him taking ten podiums (including six wins) and eight pole positions, the Australian rider finally ended the year as championship runner up, just two points behind Alex Márquez.

Jack Miller in MotoGP

LCR Honda (2015)

After losing out on the 2014 Moto3 crown to Alex Marquez at the very final round, 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.

Marc VDS Honda (2016 - 2017)

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.

But 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.

2017 saw Miller remain at Marc VDS and, although unable to repeat his Assen 2016 heroics, took two sixth-places and continued his championship progression with a best yet eleventh overall.

But having reached the end of his initial three-year HRC contract, negotiations over a renewal for 2018 broke down. Honda seemed lukewarm about keeping Miller and wanted him to do his own deal with Marc VDS rather than remain as a factory-contracted rider. 

While Marc VDS were keen to keep the Australian, the lack of enthusiasm from Honda meant Miller instead signed with the Ducati factory to race for the Pramac team in 2018.

Pramac Ducati (2018 - 2020)

Honda were perhaps soon regretting their lack of interest in retaining Miller as he made a near instant impression on the Desmosedici, taking his first MotoGP pole position at round two in Argentina, where he went on to finish fourth in the race. Another fourth place followed at Le Mans, but although Miller scored his most points in a season so far, he slipped to 13th overall.

2019 saw Miller upgraded from year-old Ducati machinery to the latest GP19 specification. The result was five podiums and eighth in the world championship.

That form meant Miller was signed to the factory Ducati team for 2021, before the Covid-delayed 2020 season had even started.

Aiming for Pramac Ducati's first MotoGP win during his final year at the satellite squad, Miller was runner-up on no less than three occasions, losing out on victory by 0.316s (to Miguel Oliveira) in a three-way final turn showdown in Styria and just 0.093s (to Franco Morbidelli) in Valencia!

Ducati Team (2021 -  Present)

Miller's 2021 season was one of the hardest to evaluate, a case of glass half full or half empty.

On one hand, when Miller originally signed for the factory Ducati team it was as Danilo Petrucci's replacement. On that basis, Miller's two race wins (his first in the dry) and a career-best fourth in the world championship exceeds what Petrucci achieved as a clear number two to Andrea Dovizioso in 2019 and 2020.

But when contract talks broke down between Dovizioso and Ducati for 2021, Miller was effectively elevated to team leader with his far less experienced Pramac team-mate Francesco Bagnaia (one podium in two MotoGP seasons) brought in to fill the Dovizioso void.

And it is when judged against Bagnaia's performances - four wins, nine podiums, six poles and title runner-up to Fabio Quartararo - that Miller's season looks less impressive.

Suffering four DNFs, the popular Australian also came within eight points of losing out to Pramac Ducati's Johann Zarco in the final standings and consistency will be a key target for Miller in 2022, as he seeks to fend off any competition for a new contract with the factory team.