Jack Miller’s continued rise through the MotoGP™ ranks has particularly impressed motorsport legend Wayne Gardner, who said the Queenslander is now starting to live up to his potential.
The Pramac Racing rider has gone to another level in 2019 with a series of performances that have made the motorsport world take note.
And speaking ahead of this year’s Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019, Gardner’s admiration for Miller became quickly obvious.
“He’s been in MotoGP™ now for four, five years,” he said.
“It’s a hard class. It’s tough and you need experience. So, he’s now got that behind him. You’re starting to see the potential in Jack. Jack is a very talented rider.
“I think he struggled a little bit with focus in the past, but it looks like he’s got it together there last year and especially this year.
“Jack is a future winner, there’s no doubt. Great rider.”
Gardner is also particularly impressed by Miller’s character and feels he might be able to spring a surprise in Victoria in late October.
“He’s a great role model. He’s a character – we all love Jack to death,” he said.
“Remy (Wayne’s son, who rides in Moto2™) and Jack are good mates. Jack is always around the place being the Aussie boy – he’s great for MotoGP™.
“I think that he’ll have a chance of winning at Phillip Island.
“I want to see the Australian crowds go and buy tickets and come and join us. Jack’s racing, potentially he could be a winner there.”
Gardner, who won the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix’s premier-class event in 1989 and 1990, said the home crowd can make a major difference.
“It’s very, very, very inspiring to see the Australian flag, your own flags, your numbers and everyone chanting,” he added.
“If you want to boost some riders and particularly our two riders (Jack and Remy), then you need to get down there and bring plenty of signs, plenty of support, plenty of chanting and have a great time.”