Jack Miller Joins Pramac Ducati For 2018

Pramac Ducati have announced they have signed Jack Miller for the 2018 MotoGP season. The Australian will ride a Desmosedici alongside Danilo Petrucci next year. Miller's contract is directly with Ducati, however, rather than Pramac.

The move had been rumored for some time, and had been expected to be announced last week at Brno. But last week, Miller was still waiting for details of the package his current Marc VDS team could offer. Marc VDS, in turn, were waiting for confirmation from HRC of exactly what equipment they would be supplying, and more importantly, which personnel would be available.

Reportedly, Miller was keen to keep his current team together, but as his crew chief and much of the crew were employed by HRC rather than Marc VDS, he was dependent on what Honda wanted to do. When no information was forthcoming from HRC, Miller accepted the offer from Ducati, which had been on the table for several weeks. Miller will ride a Desmosedici GP17 at Pramac.

Miller's move to Pramac raises several questions elsewhere. First of all, his departure from Marc VDS leaves an open seat at the team. Secondly, his arrival at Pramac leaves Scott Redding looking for a seat. It is tempting to put two and two together, and see Redding return to the team with which he had so much success in Moto2, but that is by no means a foregone conclusion. Marc VDS is said to have a long list of potential candidates to fill the seat, though obviously Redding remains a possibility.

Other names in contention include Stefan Bradl, but it is believed the German would not be a popular choice for the team. Marc VDS is also looking at other riders in Moto2, but the most obvious candidates to make the move up to MotoGP are already signed up, either in Moto2 or MotoGP.

The press release from Pramac Ducati appears below:


Octo Pramac Racing announces agreement with Jack Miller for 2018 MotoGP season
The Australian rider, directly under contract with Ducati, will defend the colours of the Team on board a Ducati Desmosedici GP

The Octo Pramac Racing team wishes to announce that it has reached an agreement for 2018 with Jack Miller. The Australian rider, who will be directly under contract with Ducati, will defend the colours of the Tuscany-based team in the MotoGP World Championship on board a Ducati Desmosedici GP bike as team-mate to Danilo Petrucci.

Born in Townsville, Queensland, on 18th January 1995, Miller made his debut in the 125 cc World Championship in 2011 and then moved immediately into Moto3, where he finished runner-up in the 2014 season. The Australian rider then joined MotoGP the following year and, in 2016, scored his first win in the Dutch GP at Assen.

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This should be good news for Jack Miller. An Aussie on a Ducati, previously that worked out rather well.

Good luck to Scott Redding, I hope he lands a good ride, a bike he can do well on.

Miller's leaving the team doesn't exactly leave an empty seat: Morbidelli is moving up to MarcVDS next year. So long as Rabat's departure isn't confirmed (which I'm sure won't be long), there isn't a seat available yet, right? 

Rabat will be leaving the Marc VDS team at the end of the season. He is currently in discussion with Avintia about a ride.

Bayliss? smiley

Hopefully the duc and Jack get on well and he is able to get into the top 10 on a regular basis.  Also hoping he doesn't cruise for the rest of the year and piss everyone off, can't see him doing that but I can see his back of the pack results being attributed to that.

And the fact that it's a direct contract with Ducati shows there was outstanding negotiation from Aki Ajo. The bike should be a good fit for him. Hope this takes pressure off him and he finishes well for Marc VDS.

Aussies and Ducatis have historically been a potent mix,Bayliss and Stoner for example, so I am hoping that the 2018 combination continues.Jack`s background coming from dirt track should put him in a great position to handle the wilder ride that the big desmo induces.It require more rider input and muscle than either the honda or yamaha,something Aussies are renowned for.

The knock on effect according to Matt Birt is Scott Redding to Aprillia, hew claims it is practically confirmed with Sam Lowes tweet..

 

It will be good to see Messrs Miller and Rabat out of that team. IMHO that second string Honda is a confidence sapping dog of a thing to ride. Reading between the lines, both riders have been told to make sure they finish their races, only then to be criticised for being too slow. If one looks at their records neither of them looks to be short of actual speed. Meanwhile both Yamaha and Ducati are providing satellite bikes that are consistent and competitive and have enlivened the championship, allowing us to see new riders at the front. 

No doubt it seems like a great machine the first ride. We know the factory Hondas are not winning everything. So don't expect much improvement of the second tier Hondas until MM93 & Dani Pedrosa are completely satisfied with their bikes.

 

Troy Corser: Australian superbike champion 1993, AMA SBK champ 1994 on Fast by Ferracci Ducati, World SBK Champ 1996 on an Energy drink Ducati 916. The Energy drink company had its name on turn five at the A-1 Ring before the other energy drink company bought the circuit. Lolly water money, like the sponsor of the Suzuka 8 hour. sugar is a drug. Don't suck it up.