Jack Miller will step up to the factory Ducati team for the 2021 MotoGP season, the Bologna-based Italian motorcycle manufacturer has announced on Wednesday.
The Ducati team has caused a stir in MotoGP’s coronavirus-triggered shutdown period, announcing that Jack Miller has earned a promotion to the Italian company’s main team from next year.
The Townsville-born motorcycle racer joined MotoGP in 2015 when Honda signed him to its LCR team. After competing with the Japanese manufacturer for three years, Miller joined Ducati’s Pramac Racing team in 2018.
The 25-year-old rider said he was looking forward to this new challenge, but he promised that he won’t forget how much he had learnt at the Pramac Ducati team.
"I'm excited about what's to come with Ducati," he wrote on Instagram.
"But I have to acknowledge what Pramac Racing has done for me and everything they have done to make me the competitor I am today."
Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali highlighted the fact that Miller would get his chance on a full factory team only at the age of 25.
"Since he arrived in the Pramac Racing Team, Jack has grown steadily, proving himself one of the fastest and most talented riders in the championship. We are convinced that Jack has all the right skills to fight continuously for the positions that matter, in every race.”
For 2020, the Italian expect full commitment from Miller when the curtailed season finally gets underway. "Starting already this season with the Desmosedici GP20 of the Pramac Racing Team, and taking a further step forward next year thanks to the support of the Ducati Team," Domenicali concluded.