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 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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