rider Ducati Lenovo Team , Jack Miller apparently not satisfied just race in MotoGP . After the 2021 season ended in Valencia, Spain, on Sunday (11/14/2021), Miller was officially announced to be racing in the final series of the Australian Superbike Championship ( ASBK ).
Miller will go down as a wildcard racer for Ducati , riding a Panigale V4R at Bend Motorsport Park Circuit, South Australia, on December 3-5. This was also announced by Ducati Corse and ASBK on Tuesday (11/16/2021).
Miller’s presence in ASBK will definitely make Australian motorcycle racing fans happy. The reason is, the MotoGP series at the Phillip Island Circuit has been canceled for the last two seasons due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has spread across the globe.
Racing in Front of the Public Alone
Even so, before returning home to Australia, Miller, who has now passed seven seasons in the class of kings, will first undergo a post-season MotoGP test at the Jerez Circuit, Spain, on November 18-19.
“I am very happy to be able to get this opportunity and race in the last ASBK series. I want to thank the Ducati people for allowing me to take this opportunity despite the busy testing schedule,” said Miller via the official ASBK website.
“Racing in front of Australian fans is a great privilege and a great honor. Thank you to the team at ASBK and Motorcycling Australia for their support in such a short time,” said Miller, who won Moto3 Australia 2014 and finished third in MotoGP in 2019.
Will Face Troy Bayliss’s Son
In participating in ASBK later, The Thriller will also compete with other Ducati riders such as Mike Jones, Wayne Maxwell, and of course Oli Bayliss, the son of three-time WorldSBK champion and former MotoGP racer, Troy Bayliss.
As you can imagine, it is not easy to arrange everything from the other side of the world in such a short time. So, it was very easy with the help of Ben and Matty Macalpine to organize everything,” said Miller.
“I’m really excited to be racing in front of the Australian fans at least once this year. It will be fantastic. I can’t wait to see everyone there!” concluded Miller, who ended MotoGP 2021 in 4th place with a collection of 181 points, 5 podiums, and 2 wins.
Bagnaia-Miller Ready to Tackle Yamaha Monster for Team World Title in Valencia
The Ducati Lenovo Team duo , Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller , are ready to fight in the Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit , Spain, 12-14 November 2021. Apart from wanting to repeat the good results from the Algarve Series, these two young riders are ready to tackle Monster Energy Yamaha in the race for the team world title.
As is well known, Bagnaia and Miller finished first and third respectively in the race in the Algarve, while Fabio Quartararo failed to finish and Franco Morbidelli only finished 17th. As a result, now the Ducati Lenovo Team is 28 points ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha in the team standings.
Through the team’s release on Wednesday (11/10/2021), Bagnaia also admitted that he was ready to end the 2021 season with a win. He arrived with very high motivation, moreover he won the Algarve Series with a dominant performance during the race week, always entering the top two positions in every session since the FP1 session.
Pecco Bagnaia wants to win again
In the race in Portugal, everything was perfect. Since Friday, we were fast and we didn’t need to make certain changes to the bike setup. So I hope the same thing happens in Valencia, “said Bagnaia, who has locked the 2021 MotoGP runner up.
“I like this track. In 2020, I found a positive sensation after two tough races in Aragon. I am ready to win again and try to win the team title after locking the constructors’ title last week,” he said.
Miller also carries high self-confidence. His third finish in the Algarve was his fourth podium of the season, as well as his first since finishing third in the Catalunya Series. The 26-year-old Australian also named the Ricardo Tormo Circuit as one of his favorite tracks.
Jack Miller is tough in Valencia
Now our target is to finish the season with another good result in Valencia. I’m really excited to race there again this weekend. The track is really fun and probably one of my favorites on the racing calendar,” said Miller. .
Last season, the 2014 Moto3 runner-up also appeared very fierce in Valencia. Starting from second position, Miller fought very fiercely with Franco Morbidelli in the fight for victory. Both overtake each other on the last lap, although in the end Miller had to settle for finishing second with a thin margin.
“The character of Ducati is very suitable for this track, and last year I was very close to winning. So, I will try again this year. After locking the constructors’ title, we have a chance to win the team world title here. So, I will do everything to help the team hit that target!” Miller concluded.