News 24 Nov 2022

Added experience for Miller in second showing at The Bend

'It's nice to get back to the basics again, with the competitive edge as well.'

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MotoGP contender Jack Miller is set for his cameo appearance at the final round of the 2022 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), with the North Queenslander entering his second Tailem Bend showing with the added experience of racing at the venue last year.

Miller made a competitive ASBK appearance last season in South Australia, riding a V4 R with assistance from the DesmoSport Ducati Team.

He competed on a machine that was not up to full ASBK specification, notably restricted from using the full race kit ECU to ensure no breach of MotoGP testing regulations. Despite no prior knowledge of the Tailem Bend venue, Miller qualified second and finished third in race two.

While restrictions still apply for Miller in his domestic superbike appearance this season on the Ducati, he will notably switch to Pirelli tyres – having run Michelin last year – and be joined by Josh Hook (Honda) and Marcel Schroetter (Yamaha) in his Thriller Motorsport team.

“It’s awesome to be back here, and to do it with the three bikes, it’s amazing,” Miller explained. “To get everything together has been a nightmare, posting stuff from Europe, stuff getting lost, fairings getting painted on Thursday last week and getting flown in with one of the boys on Monday.

“It’s been a nightmare, but we managed to put everything together, ship it all down from Townsville and yeah we are here to have a crack. As the boys said, none of the bikes have been tested.

“Franko, who has absolutely no idea about a road bike is the only one who has tested all three bikes up and down the road where I live, so fingers crossed they go alright on the track.

“We’ve got a lot more experience than what we had last year, last year was all brand new. I know the track, okay the bike is brand new, but it is very similar to what I rode here last year.

“I think we have a good chance, we changed the tyres, we don’t really know what to expect there, I rode them once at World Ducati Week and was pretty happy with them.

“It will be interesting, I think we can do a good job. It’s one of those weekends where I get to get my hands dirty and actually touch the bike a little bit. I don’t have to sit in my corner, so it is kind of nice to get back to the basics again, of course with the competitive edge as well.”

The Bend will mark Miller’s last competitive appearance on a Ducati in this phase of his career, the number 43 switching to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing from next year in MotoGP.