It’s finally official, Jack Miller will be making a massive move to KTM Factory Racing next year, signing a two-year deal for 2023 and 2024.
The transition will certainly be a gamble for the Australian, but one that could pay off big time.
We’ve listed four reasons why this could be a well-played move for Miller.
He stays in a factory team
It’s been proven time and time again you must be in a factory team to be a true title contender in MotoGP™.
His move to KTM ensures he can lead development on a bike and will be backed in to deliver results.
In a satellite team, you will never have the same support as you would in a factory outfit.
The extra data technicians, mechanics and funding make all the difference.
KTM knows how to win
Although they are relatively new to the MotoGP™ scene, KTM has an incredible racing pedigree.
Their website states the claim of the world's most successful motorcycle manufacturer with 327 world championship titles and counting.
They are not in MotoGP™ to make up the numbers, they are there to win the title.
With vast resources and a strong budget, they will be determined to get out of the hole that they are currently in.
They’ve already claimed four victories since 2020, so the bike can deliver top results on its day.
He gets along with the manager
Miller has plenty of connections back to the KTM brand, especially their new manager Francesco Guidotti.
Guidotti was the former team manager at Pramac when Jack was racing there, so it will be interesting to see these two renew their previously successful partnership.
It’s also worth noting that Miller nearly won the Moto3 Championship on a KTM bike, and his personal manager Aki Ajo runs the highly successful KTM Moto2 team.
It’s far from a surprise that Miller would once again be affiliated with the Austrian brand.
He won’t have to play the support role
At Ducati Miller was always going to play second fiddle to Pecco Bagnaia who has cemented himself as their primary contender.
The Aussie now has the chance to have a reset and try to become KTM’s number one rider.
Brad Binder will certainly be a tough teammate, but Miller will be within a shout to take it to him.
Success is far from a guarantee at KTM, but there’s enough there to suggest it could become a successful partnership.
Let’s hope that 2023 is the start of an exciting journey for Jack Miller!