Fresh from finishing seventh in last season’s MotoGP Championship, Australian rider Jack Miller, who finished second in the final two races of last season, will come into this campaign full of confidence.
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Courtesy of impressing over his three years with Satellite Ducati team Pramac, Miller earned himself a ride in the works Ducati works team.
In what’s set to be a fierce and tight title race, if he can avoid any non finishes and keep consistently picking up points, he’ll give himself an excellent chance of winning. Indeed, the case of last year’s champion Joan Mir illustrated this perfectly, for the Spaniard won his only race of the season in the second last round at Valencia.
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Miller, who finished on the podium four times in what was his best season yet in MotoGP, is certainly highly rated by his fellow competitors too, who see him as a real threat. When Maverick Vinales was recently asked who he believes was the strongest challenger for this year’s championship, he stated Miller. “I think Miller can be one of the guys because he was doing really well last season and understands well the strong points of the Ducati,” he explained.
Priced at a reasonable 7.00 just behind Marc Marquez and Joan Mir, and level with the likes of Vinales, Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo, he’s certainly considered a contender by the bookies.
Interestingly, the last time a Ducati rider won the title was 14 years ago when fellow Aussie Casey Stoner claimed glory, which could be a good omen. Even though the correlation is nice, Miller’s just focused on the task at hand. “For me, a big motivation was growing up watching guys like Troy and Casey ride in these colours,” he asserted.
“That’s why I think it means something extra-special for me as it’s something I grew up idolising. Pressure is what you put on yourself, I think I’m my own biggest critic. I put enough pressure on myself as is, I don’t need to go looking to try and find it.
“I don’t think it gives me any extra pressure. Those guys were and still are fantastic motorcycle riders and I’m just trying to be the best I can be, but for sure you want to arrive on those guys’ level. But only time will tell.”
Motivated, on an improved bike and ready for a title tilt, watching how Miller fares will be captivating, as he’s unquestionably in with a chance to take home the coveted MotoGP crown in 2021.