Jack Miller has paid tribute to Pramac Racing for bringing out the best in him over the past three seasons and spurring him on to what will be a team leader factory Ducati Corse role in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. The rider says it is down to Pramac Racing that he has flourished from a MotoGP ‘question mark’ to a fully-fledged team leader at Ducati for the 2021 MotoGP season.
Though Miller wasn’t able to score the much desired first win in Pramac colours this season among the nine podiums he has otherwise achieved since 2018, seventh overall – seven points shy of third – marked his best overall finish in the standings since making his debut in 2015.
Prior to joining Pramac Racing, Miller was considered something of an unknown quantity at MotoGP level following three years (one on the CRT LCR Honda and two with Marc VDS Honda) in which his headline grabbing maiden win in the wet at Assen in 2016 was interspersed with less notable results.
However, Miller has flourished in the Italian team and, as he points out, the 2020 season could have gone very differenlyt had he not suffered four DNFs; one crash, two because of technical issues and another freak incident when his Ducati shut off after sucking up an errant visor tear-off from Fabio Quartararo ahead.
Describing himself as a ‘question mark’ when he first arrived at Pramac, he says it is testament to the ‘life lessons’ he learned from them that he was able to ‘close a few mouths’.
“I can’t thank Paolo Campinotti and Francesco Guidotti, all the guys over there at Pramac, for what they have done in these three years. First, I have never been in a team for more than two years, so to be here for three years feels like a lifetime.
“The lessons they have taught me on and off track, they are life lessons I will never forget and I am forever grateful to them for this. When I arrived there I was a ‘question mark’, let’s say and I feel like we proved a few people wrong and closed a few mouths along the way. Hopefully we can keep that ball rolling.”