Miller confirms himself as rising Australian star

Sachsenring Jack Miller
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

At last weekend’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring, Caretta Technology’s young Australian rider Jack Miller made the racing world look up with a stunning performance in his rookie Moto3™ year to take fourth spot.

Miller, known for his prowess in the wet, had a tremendous start to the race, which had been delayed due to torrential downpours beforehand. He led the way up until lap 15, in what was a very calm and collected ride from the youngster, after which a dry line hampered his progress and he was overtaken by vastly more experienced riders. He kept his nerve however to bring his Honda Moto3 bike home in fourth, which is his best Grand Prix career placement to date.

Miller was pleased with his performance: "It was a difficult race with a really good fight with [Luis] Salom and my teammate [Alexis] Masbou, and [Sandro] Cortese. Also with Adrián [Martín] until he crashed! In the wet it was really good, I had a great feeling, but when it started to dry I had a problem with keeping the bike on the dry line, and when I drifted off the dry bit onto the wet, it was impossible to get back on again. I made some small mistakes at around lap 16 and I had to work my way up again. In the end it was a close race between Luis and I, but he pipped me over the line."

Talking about his home support and the next round at Mugello, the young Australian commented: "I hope we have some fans now back in Australia so we’ll see what happens. I hope for Mugello I can fix some of the dry settings. I’ve never ridden it, and they tell me it’s the hardest track to learn. I play the PlayStation to try and practice. It looks like one of the best circuits, but they say it’s really difficult, so we’ll see what happens."

His mechanic, Stefano Urru, heaped praise onto Miller for his performance in very tricky conditions: "We know that he’s a really good rider in the wet, and he was very fast on the first laps with the heavy rain. After the middle of the race when it became dryer he had a few problems, but he was close to the podium behind Salom, so I still cannot believe it."

Born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, many are already drawing parallels between him and Australia’s current two-time World Champion Casey Stoner, who also started his career in similar fashion. Miller started off dirt tracking at a very young age, winning his first national dirt track title at 10. He then moved into road racing in 2008, and won the 125cc Motorcycle Road Racing Australia Championship in 2009.

He subsequently moved to Europe, where he competed part-time in the 125cc World Championship, part-time in the 125cc CEV Buckler (Spanish) Championship, and full-time in the 125cc IDM German Championship which he also won in 2011. He then joined the Caretta Technology squad at the start of this year for his first full-time season in the Moto3™ World Championship.

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