Features 14 Oct 2022

Fast Thoughts: Jack Miller

Ducati Lenovo Team rider on wedding and racing at home.

Australia’s Jack Miller has shown fine form across the recent MotoGP races, scoring four podiums from the last six outings including that dominant victory in Japan. Gearing up for his first home GP since 2019, the Ducati Lenovo Team rider provides Fast Thoughts on his recent wedding and the weekend ahead at Phillip Island.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Racing in front of home crowd…

Yeah I’m buzzing, it’s great to be back on this side of the world as I’ve been saying in the lead up to this in Japan and Thailand. Feels so good to be riding bikes on this side of the world and eventually coming home. It felt so good to be crossing that bridge yesterday with all the Aussie fans, such a massive country and those guys ride from far and wide to make it here. Australia is a very motorsport hungry country I guess you could say and they’re dedicated fans that’s for certain, to be able to do that in the pouring rain in Phillip Island was something special. Feels awesome to be heading back here. Heading back across the bridge and getting to do a quick lap with those guys, there’s no circuit like this on the calendar or in the world. You know coming down the Gardner Straight and you’re looking out over the ocean, this place needs no introduction. I think myself and everyone is looking forward to heading out in FP1.

Pressure entering the weekend…

Pressure is for tyres isn’t it? Fabio [Quartararo] knows about that… I feel as Aleix [Espargaro] said, 20 points back with three races left isn’t ideal, so 40 points is less than ideal. But we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing, I’m enjoying riding the bike at the minute and I’m having a ball with it, so if we can continue to have fun, pull some decent results, we’ll see where we end up in the end.

Team orders on Sunday… 

Of course you do but at the end of the day these guys have a battle between themselves. I’ll try not to do anything silly in there but it’s every rider’s dream to win their home grand prix, it feels awesome to be back here on a factory bike and yeah if we can try to challenge for that on Sunday there’s no doubt I’ll be going for it.

Image: Supplied.

The wedding…

Up until about Tuesday it took me to recover but we made it down here which is a positive. But no I mean it was an amazing point for us in our life and also to break it up in these races back on this side of the world, it was nice to get a lot of the team there, a lot of friends and family, friends from the paddock, it was awesome.

Johann Zarco’s singing…

Yeah fantastic. We managed to slot him in, I managed to save a bit on the old wedding singer so that was decent too. He did a good job actually, I think he might be sorted once he’s finished racing.