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Miller's arrival can help KTM climb the MotoGP™ mountain

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

The Aussie's stint at Ducati comes to a close at the end of the season.

South African MotoGP™ speedster Brad Binder says the arrival of Australian Jack Miller at the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team next season can help the Austrian manufacturer make giant strides in its battles with Ducati, Yamaha and Honda for titles in the premier class of the world championship.

Miller, 27, will ride alongside Binder in 2023-24 after his five-year stint with Ducati comes to a close at the end of the current season, and Binder feels the Townsville native's experience with what has been the fastest bike on the grid this season will make an immediate impact.


Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation's official podcast In the Fast Lane, two-time MotoGP™ race-winner Binder says his long relationship with Miller – the pair are neighbours in Andorra and have known one another for a decade – will only help ease the Australian's transition next year.

"Other than being a really fast, strong teammate next season, he's also an awesome dude. I'm looking forward to it, I think we can do great things," Binder said.

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"He comes with so much experience, and at the moment the bike that's killing us all is the red machine (Ducati) that he's on. He brings all of that know-how across to us.

"One really big thing at the moment is that I've only ever ridden a KTM, so has (teammate) Miguel (Oliveira) … we can see where we're losing (time) and where we need help. I think he brings so much knowledge across from Ducati that it's going to really help us push our project forwards and steer us in a good direction. It can be fantastic for us as a team."

Binder is looking forward to MotoGP™ returning to Phillip Island for the Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2022 from October 14-16, and well he might; the 27-year-old will compete for the first time in Australia on MotoGP™ machinery after taking podiums on his last five visits down under, including wins in Moto3™ (2016) and back-to-back victories in Moto2™ (2018, 2019).

"I love coming to Phillip Island – the vibe of the whole week leading up to it feels like going on a holiday, almost," Binder said.

"The track layout really suits my style … clearly the results have been pretty good there in the past.

"On the MotoGP bike … it's so high speed, and with the modern-day electronics you don't really slide on-throttle, it keeps everything more in line. On a Moto2 bike, you've never got the back wheel behind you, it's always floating. It's going to be really different, and I'm so excited to come back there. Hopefully the MotoGP results continue like the smaller classes."

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