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Miller on move into MotoGP™ in 2015

Miller on move into MotoGP™ in 2015

In the Thursday afternoon press conference at MotorLand Aragon ahead of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon Jack Miller lined up with the stars of MotoGP™, just as he will on the grid next year.

For Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3™ rider and standings leader Miller, who will ride in MotoGP next season with CWM LCR Honda Team, these are exciting times.

His move straight from the lightweight category to the premier class has created great interest in how he will make the adaptation to 1000cc machinery from riding his current 250cc KTM Moto3™ bike.

The young Australian stated, “I’m over the moon to have this chance, but of course you know there will be a lot of questions. When Marc (Marquez) went up to Moto2 he was lighter and smaller than me, so physically I think I can ride now in MotoGP. I’ve only been on a road bike since 2009 so it’s a big step. It’s a long-term project and with the time and attitude we can do it. It’s just a bike with two tyres and an engine.”

Miller was also asked about his current challenge for the Moto3™ title, with five rounds remaining before he graduates to MotoGP, which of course he wants to do as a World Champion.

“For sure, the championship is tightening up,” Miller noted. “Now we have to focus with five races to go, we can’t be too careful as the Estrella (Estrella Galicia 0,0) bikes are going well. We had a test here previously at Aragon. I had a decent test and I think we can do a decent job here.”

Meanwhile, a former winner of the lightweight class World Championship and the current MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez, gave his perspective on Miller’s arrival in the premier class for 2015, saying, “It will be interesting to see Jack at Valencia for the first test, the step is very big. When I was in 125s I didn’t feel ready to go to MotoGP directly, I stayed in Moto2 because it was necessary for me. For him maybe it’s different. It will be hard at the start for sure but we just have to wait and see.”

Another rider who won the 125cc World title before going on to win the World Championship at the highest level seven times, Valentino Rossi was also asked for his opinion on Miller’s move.

Rossi commented, “I think the biggest challenge for Jack will be to start with the right time, because it’s very easy to say, ‘I have time to be quiet and learn’, but when you’re on the track you want to give the maximum. The step is very big and Jack is very brave. I’ve spoken with him and he wants to do this, the bike will change a lot, the speed, brakes and tyres. He has to be clever and quiet and understand it all step by step and focus on getting results in the second half of the season.”

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MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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