Jack Miller signs with Ducati for 2021 MotoGP season

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Jack Miller will be riding for the Ducati factory team in 2021, leaving just one seat remaining at the factory team for next season

Jack Miller, Pramac Ducati, 2019

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Ducati Corse has announced that Jack Miller will join the official Ducati team from the 2021 MotoGP season.

Miller will make the jump from the Pramac Ducati team after rumours had circulated for some time that the Australian was in line for the call-up.

The 25-year-old will join the factory team on a one-year deal, with an option to extend his stay for a further year through 2022.

Miller has taken one race victory so far in his MotoGP career back in 2016 at the Dutch TT with Honda, and a further five podium finishes.

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He switched to Pramac Ducati for 2018 and had been heavily linked with one of the factory Ducati rides for over a year.

He will become the third Australian rider to race for Ducati after Troy Bayliss and Casey Stoner, and said the promotion was an incredible opportunity.

“First of all I want to thank warmly Paolo Campinoti, Francesco Guidotti and all the Pramac Racing Team for the great support I have received from them in the two and a half years spent together,” Miller said.

“It is an honour for me to be able to continue my MotoGP career with the Borgo Panigale manufacturer and I would like to thank all the Ducati management, Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide, for having trusted me and given me this incredible opportunity. I look forward to starting riding again this year, and I am ready to fully commit to the responsibility of being an official Ducati rider in 2021.”

Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali called the Australian one of the fastest riders in the series, and said that he was now ready for the pressures and expectations that come with being a factory Ducati rider.

“Since he arrived in the Pramac Racing Team, Jack has grown steadily, proving himself one of the fastest and most talented riders in the championship. So we are happy that he has agreed to ride the official Desmosedici GP bike of the Ducati Team next year.

“We are convinced that Jack has all the right skills to fight continuously for the positions that matter, in every race, starting already this season with the Desmosedici GP20 of the Pramac Racing Team, and taking a further step forward next year thanks to the support of the Ducati Team.”

 

The announcement that Miller will take up one of the seats at Ducati for 2021 leaves current riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci in competition for the remaining slot on the team next year, with Dovizioso strongly tipped to retain his seat.

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