Next step Pramac Ducati on Tuesday for gritty Australian talent.
North Queenslander Jack Miller rounded out his three-year association with Honda in the premier class by claiming a seventh-place result at Valencia’s final round of the 2017 season.
Miller, who will transfer to Pramac Racing for next year, started out of 12th before making a lightning start to the race on the opening lap and eventually scored his ninth top 10 finish this year.
It was a fine ride from Miller in his final appearance with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS despite lacking front grip in the final stages. In the end he was credited 11th in the standings, missing out on his top 10 target by just two points.
“It was a great race for me and perhaps could have been better because I lost a lot of time in the final two laps,” Miller said. “I had to give up the fight with Valentino [Rossi] because I had a couple of front-end moments with my front tyre grip going down towards the end.
“I felt I could have fought with Rossi and [Andrea] Iannone right to the end otherwise. It has been a good finish to the season with three top 10s including two seventh places, so no better way to end my time with this great team.”
Miller will now prepare for his shakedown with the Pramac Racing team on Tuesday, scheduled to get his first mileage aboard the satellite specification Ducati Desmosedici that he will ride in the 2018 world championship.