Australian rider Jack Miller has been announced as one of the two official Ducati Team riders in the 2021 MotoGP™ World Championship.
Ducati and the 25-year-old Miller have reached an agreement for next season, with an option to extend the contract also for 2022.
Miller, who made his MotoGP™ debut in 2015 at just 20 years old, joined Ducati in 2018 with the Pramac Racing Team, the factory-supported team of the Bologna manufacturer, and finished last season eighth overall in the standings, taking five podiums during the year.
“First of all I want to thank warmly Paolo Campinoti, Francesco Guidotti and all the Pramac Racing Team for the great support I have received from them in the two and a half years spent together,” Miller said.
“It is an honour for me to be able to continue my MotoGP™ career with the Borgo Panigale manufacturer and I would like to thank all the Ducati management, Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide, for having trusted me and given me this incredible opportunity.
“I look forward to starting riding again this year, and I am ready to fully commit to the responsibility of being an official Ducati rider in 2021.”
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, added: “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.
“So we are happy that he has agreed to ride the official Desmosedici GP bike of the Ducati Team next year.
“We are convinced that Jack has all the right skills to fight continuously for the positions that matter, in every race, 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.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said: “It’s fantastic news for Jack and a great vote of confidence from Ducati to offer Jack a full factory ride in 2021.
“Ducati is the team that has come closest to beating Honda and Marc Marquez in recent years and it’s also the team that Casey Stoner won his first World Championship title with in 2007.
“As a Grand Prix winner in his own right, this move really sets Jack up for the next stage of his career.”