Features 22 Oct 2013

Profiled: Jack Miller

Aussie Jack is in line to be Australia's great hope on the world stage in the post-Casey Stoner era.

‘Aussie Jack’ Miller is staring down the scope of a lengthy career in world championship motorcycle racing, pegged to be Australia’s next big thing in the grand prix ranks.

After a breakout second season in Moto3 riding for the Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda team, the ink is drying on Miller’s brand new 2014 contract with Red Bull KTM – the current world champions.

On the eve of last weekend’s Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Miller was in a relaxed mood, before going on to finish an inspiring fifth on his underpowered machine.

Jack Miller in action at Phillip Island last weekend. Image: MotoGP.com.

Jack Miller in action at Phillip Island last weekend. Image: MotoGP.com.

“It’s a different feeling being at my home race, but all the same,” Miller commented. “I’ve got to do the same thing as I do every other weekend. It’s definitely good to be riding in front of my home peeps.”

It’s that focus on consistency, week in, week out that landed Miller the Red Bull KTM ride next year, ironically taking the position of close friend and countryman Arthur Sissis.

“We’d been in discussions with them since midway through the season and had a few options but this one was the best,” he explained. “They’ve got four world championships already and possibly another one this year so we signed.”

The team’s ability to churn out world champions is no secret with riders like Marc Marquez and Sandro Cortese previously occupying the seat in the Ajo-run team that will be Miller’s next year.

“The vibe [between riders] is really good, it makes it a lot easier being away from home for so long when you’re with your mates,” he added.

Miller (far left) is recognised as one of the sport's rising grand prix talents. Image: MotoGP.com.

Miller (far left) is recognised as one of the sport’s rising grand prix talents. Image: MotoGP.com.

When asked about whether he thought his involvement in the MRRDA helped his transition to international success, Miller was positive saying he was grateful for the experience having won the 125cc championship before going on to Europe the next year.

“It was a good level to start at definitely, but we didn’t get enough kilometres on the bike like we did anywhere else so that’s why we went overseas,” he explained.

Miller’s young, determined and no doubt talented, which sets him up for his most successful season yet in 2014. Before that though, you can bet he’ll continue to push for a debut podium at the Motegi and Valencia rounds to close his current campaign.