As the MotoGP™ world prepares for a major shake-up at the conclusion of the 2020 season, Australian rider Jack Miller has opened up on his goal for the new year - to win a move to the factory Ducati team.
Miller enjoyed a strong 2019, finishing on the podium five times, including an unforgettable third at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Of those five top-three finishes, three came in the last six races of the year, and that strong form has boosted the Townsville product’s confidence ahead of the 2020 season.
It shapes as a pivotal campaign for the Pramac Ducati rider, with a host of rider movement on the cards given the fact many riders are out of contract at the end of this year.
In a series of recent interviews with Autosport, Miller said that 2019 was “definitely” his best season in MotoGP™, as he finished eighth in the rider standings.
“[I made] a lot less mistakes, a lot more composed riding from my part, and I think it shows with the results,” he said.
On his 2020 aims, Miller added: “For me, my main goal is to go to the factory Ducati [team]. If we can’t go there, for sure, there’s other seats.
“I think it’s a necessary time. There’s a few guys getting around now who are on their last contracts.
“It’s quite good to see some fresh blood coming – everyone wants to see the old guys, but it’s also really nice to see some new guys coming and doing really well.”
Miller’s form to end the 2019 season was so good that speculation surfaced surrounding the chance the Australian could replace Danilo Petrucci for Ducati in 2020.
That innuendo was played down by Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti, but another good season could see Miller’s claims become too hard to ignore.
Also on Miller’s radar is the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2020, as he aims to become the first local since Casey Stoner in 2012 to win the famous Phillip Island race.
Miller recently put his 2018 MotoGP™ helmet up for auction to raise funds for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis.
Miller had previously called the NSW Rural Fire Service “heroes” on his Twitter page and the helmet sold for $18,000.