Jack Miller tries to chase the MotoGP World dream with Ducati. The Australian driver talks about the atmosphere in the pits.
Crackling season finale for Jack Miller who scored a win and a second place in the last two races in Japan and Thailand. Since the beginning of the championship, the Lenovo Ducati rider has collected six podiums and one victory (at Motegi), projecting himself to fifth place in the standings and threatening the fourth place of Enea Bastianini who, from the 2023 MotoGP season, will take his seat.
The Australian has signed a two-year contract with KTM after realizing since the end of last year that he would not have received the offer to renew with the factory team. The Borgo Panigale company had given him an official treatment in the team Pramac Racingbut Jack preferred a change of scenery, being able to enjoy a central role in the Mattighofen team where he will find Francesco Guidotti, an old Ducati acquaintance, in the role of team manager.
Bastianini instead of Miller
Three races from the end of the World Championship, Jack Miller is mathematically in the running for the world title, even if it will not be easy to make a dream come true. There are 40 points to fill to reach the top and to chase the World Cup there is also his friend and colleague in the box Pecco Bagnaia. Together they have collaborated harmoniously over the years, together they have risen from the Pramac team to the factory team, contributing not a little to the evolution of the Ducati Desmosedici GP.
From the next championship there will be alongside the Savoy driver Enea Bastianini and certainly the atmosphere in the team will be much more effervescent, as evidenced by the recent close matches between the two Italian bishops. “Pecco became team leader. He stole my reins and took it hard, I admit – said the Australian -. He has done better than me in the last two years… Two Italians in an Italian team? I mean, I don’t want to say too much … I think they both know what’s important. They know what they want!“.
Certainly no one will be more team man than Jack Miller. Both he and the team will nostalgically separate after the Valencia GP at the beginning of November, they will keep a great indelible memory together. “I think you would struggle to find an easygoing teammate like me. At the end of the day, I’m an outsider here. I am an Australian within an Italian team. I don’t speak the language, so you get knocked out“. With Bastianini in the team, what will the air be like in the garage? “Definitely different, it will spice things up a little bit“.