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Jack Peter Miller[1] (born 18 January 1995) is an Australian Grand Prix motorcycle racer, best known for being the championship runner-up in the 2014 Moto3 World Championship.[2] He was the Winner of German IDM 125cc Championship in 2011.

Jack Miller
Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci 2018 Motegi.jpg
Miller (left) at the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix
NationalityAustralian
Born (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 24)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Current teamPramac Racing
Bike number43
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2015
ManufacturersHonda, Ducati
Championships0
2018 championship position13th (91 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
84 1 5 1 1 396
Moto3 World Championship
Active years20122014
ManufacturersHonda, FTR Honda, KTM
Championships0
2014 championship position2nd (276 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
49 6 10 8 1 403
125cc World Championship
Active years2011
ManufacturersAprilia, KTM
Championships0
2011 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
6 0 0 0 0 0

CareerEdit

Domestic racingEdit

Born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, Miller grew up on a property outside the city. A tropical city where he made his own fun, riding his motorbike and quad bike, water skiing and lending a hand with fencing and cattle mustering. His parents and siblings have supported his racing career every step of the way helping reach the goal of racing in the World Championship series. Miller has been racing motorbikes and winning since he was eight years old. He started on dirt, and was the Australian Dirt Bike champion in the 65cc category in 2003. He went on to win five other Australian championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and numerous other local and state titles in dirt bike racing and motocross events.

Move to EuropeEdit

2011 was his breakout year in Europe. A string of strong performances saw him win the championship in the German IDM 125cc category at the age of 16. This result won the attention of Caretta Technology's Forward Racing, an Italian race team who signed Miller to ride in the 2012 Moto3 Championship.

Moto3 World ChampionshipEdit

2012 was Miller's first year in the Moto3 World Championship. That year had Miller riding for Caretta Technology Forward Racing on a Honda chassis. Whilst the bike was not competitive it allowed Miller the opportunity to learn the circuits he would be racing in the coming years. He finished 23rd in the Moto3 Championship that year, with a best finish of 4th at the German Grand Prix, at the Sachsenring.

Miller moved to Racing Team Germany for the 2013 season, riding an FTR Honda chassis. Miller achieved thirteen points-scoring finishes during the season, and finished in seventh place in the final championship standings. His best result was a fifth-place finish – on two occasions – at the San Marino and Australian Grands Prix.

Miller moved to a factory-backed KTM motorcycle for the 2014 season, joining the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad. During the season, Miller recorded his first fastest lap, pole position, podium finish and victory during the season; in total, he won six races during the season and finished the season as runner-up – to Álex Márquez – in the championship, missing out on the title by two points.[2]

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

 
Jack Miller at the 2015 Catalan Grand Prix

Team LCR (2015)Edit

For the 2015 season, Miller graduated into the MotoGP class, forming a part of an expanded two-rider Team LCR outfit, partnering Cal Crutchlow. Miller competed on an open specification Honda RC213V-RS motorcycle. He achieved his best finish with 11th at Catalunya. At the British Grand Prix, Miller moved up the order in the early stages, but collided with teammate Crutchlow on lap three.[3] Miller finished the season in 19th place with 17 points.

Marc VDS Racing (2016–2017)Edit

For 2016, Miller moved to the Marc VDS Racing Team.[4] Miller finished in 14th-place at Qatar. At Catalunya, he finished the race in a career best 10th-place. On 26 June at Assen, Jack was running strongly in the top 10 before the race was red flagged due to heavy rain. The race restarted for a 12 lap shootout, and Miller clung on to the leaders in the early laps. He was running in fourth by the end of lap 1, and inherited third when Andrea Dovizioso crashed, right behind factory Honda rider Marc Márquez. On lap 3 race leader Valentino Rossi crashed out, and a lap later Miller overtook Màrquez for the race lead. He held his nerve for the rest of the race and pulled away to claim his first premier class victory. He was the first Australian to win a MotoGP race since Casey Stoner in Australia 2012, and the first satellite rider to win a race since Toni Elias in Portugal in 2006. Miller's odds of winning going into the race were said to be 750-1, making it the biggest winning upset in MotoGP history. The rest of his season had mixed fortunes, with occasional speed being blighted by injuries, including a fractured vertebrae in Austria. He claimed three more top 10 finishes to end the year 18th in the standings.

Jack returned to the team for 2017, and although he sometimes lacked the raw pace from the previous season, he appeared to have matured and became a consistent points scorer. This fact was recognised by Honda who gave him a chance to ride their factory bike at the Suzuka 8 Hours. He recorded nine top-10 finishes during the season, with a best finish of sixth coming twice at Assen and in the wet at Misano. Despite breaking his leg whilst training before Japan, he returned for his home race in Australia and led the early laps. He finished the year 11th in the standings.

Pramac Racing (2018–present)Edit

In 2018 Miller moved to Pramac Racing, now riding a Ducati, siding Danilo Petrucci, however, unlike the Italian he had to stick with a GP17. Nevertheless the Australian scored two fourth places and a pole position and finished the season in 13th position.

In 2019 Miller is now riding a current GP19 after Petrucci moved to the Ducati factory team. His new teammate is reigning Moto2 champion Francesco Bagnaia. The season started very strong for Miller in Qatar, he qualified 4th, but was forced to retire in the race due to a broken seat while battling for the lead. Miller has since finished in 2019, 4th in Argentina and has scored 4 podiums in Austin (His first podium since his 2016 Assen win), Brno, Aragon and Phillip Island

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2011 125cc Aprilia RZT Racing 73 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC
KTM Caretta Technology 8
2012 Moto3 Honda Caretta Technology 8 14 0 0 0 0 17 23rd
2013 Moto3 FTR Honda Caretta Technology – RTG 8 17 0 0 0 0 110 7th
2014 Moto3 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 8 18 6 10 8 1 276 2nd
2015 MotoGP Honda CWM LCR Honda 43 18 0 0 0 0 17 19th
2016 MotoGP Honda EG 0,0 Marc VDS 43 13 1 1 0 0 57 18th
2017 MotoGP Honda EG 0,0 Marc VDS 43 17 0 0 0 0 82 11th
2018 MotoGP Ducati Alma Pramac Racing 43 18 0 0 1 0 91 13th
2019 MotoGP Ducati Alma Pramac Racing 43 18 0 4 0 1 149* 8th*
Total 139 7 15 9 2 799

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2011 2011 Germany 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moto3 2012–2014 2012 Qatar 2014 Qatar 2014 Qatar 49 6 10 8 1 403 0
MotoGP 2015–present 2015 Qatar 2016 Dutch TT 2016 Dutch TT 84 1 5 1 1 396 0
Total 2011–Present 139 7 15 9 2 799 0

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2011 125cc Aprilia QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER
Ret
CZE IND NC 0
KTM RSM
24
ARA JPN
16
AUS
23
MAL
16
VAL
Ret
2012 Moto3 Honda QAT
25
SPA
Ret
POR FRA
Ret
CAT
15
GBR
Ret
NED
DSQ
GER
4
ITA
21
IND
DNS
CZE RSM
Ret
ARA
19
JPN
19
MAL
13
AUS
21
VAL
Ret
23rd 17
2013 Moto3 FTR Honda QAT
16
AME
6
SPA
Ret
FRA
12
ITA
10
CAT
7
NED
7
GER
7
IND
Ret
CZE
7
GBR
7
RSM
5
ARA
13
MAL
6
AUS
5
JPN
6
VAL
Ret
7th 110
2014 Moto3 KTM QAT
1
AME
1
ARG
3
SPA
4
FRA
1
ITA
Ret
CAT
4
NED
Ret
GER
1
IND
3
CZE
5
GBR
6
RSM
3
ARA
27
JPN
5
AUS
1
MAL
2
VAL
1
2nd 276
2015 MotoGP Honda QAT
Ret
AME
14
ARG
12
SPA
20
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
11
NED
Ret
GER
15
IND
Ret
CZE
19
GBR
Ret
RSM
12
ARA
19
JPN
Ret
AUS
15
MAL
17
VAL
21
19th 17
2016 MotoGP Honda QAT
14
ARG
Ret
AME
DNS
SPA
17
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
10
NED
1
GER
7
AUT
DNS
CZE GBR
16
RSM
DNS
ARA JPN
Ret
AUS
10
MAL
8
VAL
15
18th 57
2017 MotoGP Honda QAT
8
ARG
9
AME
10
SPA
Ret
FRA
8
ITA
15
CAT
Ret
NED
6
GER
15
CZE
14
AUT
Ret
GBR
16
RSM
6
ARA
13
JPN AUS
7
MAL
8
VAL
7
11th 82
2018 MotoGP Ducati QAT
10
ARG
4
AME
9
SPA
6
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
10
GER
14
CZE
12
AUT
18
GBR
C
RSM
18
ARA
9
THA
10
JPN
Ret
AUS
7
MAL
8
VAL
Ret
13th 91
2019 MotoGP Ducati QAT
Ret
ARG
4
AME
3
SPA
Ret
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
CAT
5
NED
9
GER
6
CZE
3
AUT
Ret
GBR
8
RSM
9
ARA
3
THA
14
JPN
10
AUS
3
MAL
8
VAL
8th* 149*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Campeonato de España de Velocidad, Circuito de Jerez – 7ª Prueba: Clasificación Final". CEV Buckler. Dorna Sports. 21 November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Marquez clinches title in third as Miller wins final race". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Miller apologises to Crutchlow for wipe out". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Jack Miller joins the Marc VDS Racing Team for 2016". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.

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