A Life Less Ordinary - Jack Miller On Moto3-MotoGP, The Necessity Of Training, And Lessons Learned

At the Qatar Grand Prix MotoMatters.com sat down with Jack Miller to talk about life lessons and how much his life has changed since claiming his first Grand Prix victory in the desert four years ago.

Jack Miller on the grid at Qatar

Jack Miller poses questions unlike any other racer in MotoGP. Over the last three years the Australian has seen every side of racing. He's gone from being the protégé of HRC fast tracked into MotoGP, to being discarded by them as quickly as he was chosen. Miller was a constant paradox for the paddock during the early steps of his MotoGP adventure.

He was Charlie Bucket handed the golden ticket to the HRC factory, but instead of it being the childhood dream it turned out to be a double-edged sword. In Wonka's World children faced morality tests, and in Miller's World he faced tests of his will. It took Miller time to learn the ways of the world in the premier class, but by the midpoint of his rookie campaign he was certainly showing his promise once again.

Ultimately Miller didn't end up with the keys of the Honda factory but he did end up with his future in his own hands and the opportunity to prove his worth to Ducati.

Jumping straight from Moto3 to MotoGP was a step that allowed Miller to emulate only a handful of riders. The likes of Garry McCoy and Leon Haslam both went from lightweight to premier class in an instant but not with the might of Honda behind them. It placed huge pressure on his shoulders but looking back Miller wouldn't have had it any other way.

School of hard knocks

“There's been a lot of lessons since 2014,” smiled Miller when asked about his whirlwind to the top. “I came into MotoGP as a guy that people talked about as being a risk, but it's been OK. When Honda called I knew that opportunities like these don't come around all the time. They're presented when you show your talent and your potential. You need to prove that you're worth it and I'm proud of the steps that we've made. Having a GP win is obviously nice, but being able to say that I'm an established MotoGP rider that had a three year contract and followed it up with another contract is nice.

“I think that I've proved everyone wrong now, but I knew at the time that having that target on my back was also a motivation. It is hard when you go home and read on the Internet people saying it was a career-ending move, but I've come out the other end of it. I'm still in MotoGP and fighting and getting stronger. I feel good at the moment and the next goal is to become a factory rider in the future. The only way to get that is to become the top satellite rider but I know that won't be easy. The field is so competitive now but I know that if I keep working harder and harder that I can make it happen.”


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Thanks for a another great article. A pleasure to subscribe to all the great content posted here. MotoGP just seems to be getting better and better, can't wait for next weekend!

I'm a fan of anybody who can push a Moto3, Moto2 or MotoGP bike to its limits around a race track.

Thanks for adding a little background color to this charismatic 23 year old Aussie. Sometimes we forget that many of these racers are young men operating under extreme pressure. 

Thanks for highligting Jack, I was definately a fan of his in Moto3 and it can be hard to keep tabs on the entire field of MotoGP riders these days.  I agree with his decision to grab the golden ticket offered by HRC and go to MotoGP.  Just like a highschool athlete who gets drafted by the NBA here in America, there are always arguements for maturing in Moto2/College but one of those coveted premier positions may not be available when you are "ready" for the big time.   It will take some serious work to become the best sattelite rider in 2018, but I wish him the best!

Yes thank you David. I am a big fan of Jack Miller. since his moto3 days. Good luck to him & all riders.

I am assuming Jack was on track at the Jerez test earlier this week ? It would be good for JackAssen to get more seat time on his new ride.

Happy Easter every body, remember when the Australian motorcycle grand prix was at Mount Panorama Bathurst New South Wales every Easter.

I think these types of interviews are fantastic; getting to see the riders as more human as opposed to a distilled set of statistics and results really helps shift the perspective. It's easy for people to say disparaging things about riders underperforming when you don't consider the man behind the visor (and I admit I am guilty of this myself!).

But there is so much going on with the riders behind the scenes that we conveniently ignore, unless brought to attention; such as through interviews like this. He's brash at times but I am a fan of Miller, same as I was Stoner, because the honesty is refreshing and if he's saying something you can be quite sure he means it. I hope to see him progress on the Ducati, as it seems an easier bike than the Honda unless your initials are MM.