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Jack Miller Moves From Ducati MotoGP Team to KTM Beginning Next Year

Jack Miller will leave the Ducati Factory MotoGP Team next near to join Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as teammate to Brad Binder. Miller has a two-year deal to stay with KTM through 2024.

Still only 27 years old, Miller has been in the MotoGP class for eight years, having moved directly from Moto3 where he rode for Aki Ajo’s Red Bull KTM team. Miller was likely recruited back to KTM by Francesco Guidotti, who worked with him for several years at Ducati. Combining his Moto3 and MotoGP seasons, Miller has nine wins and nearly 30 podiums in GP racing. He is well liked in the paddock and considered quite talented at bike development, a skill KTM is undoubtedly counting on.

Below are press releases from both Ducati and KTM:

From the Ducati Lenova Team:

After five seasons together, three with the Pramac Racing Team and the last two as an official rider of the Ducati Lenovo Team, Jack Miller and Ducati will part ways at the end of 2022.

From 2018 to date, Jack has achieved 16 podiums with the Desmosedici GP, including two thrilling wins with the factory team in the Spanish GP at Jerez and the French GP at Le Mans in 2021. It is also thanks to Jack’s results that Ducati won the Constructors’ World Championship in 2020 and 2021 and the title of Best Team in MotoGP last season with the Ducati Lenovo Team.

Miller and Ducati, as always, will work hard to obtain the best results for the Ducati Lenovo Team in all the remaining Grands Prix of the 2022 MotoGP Championship, starting with the German GP that will be held in ten days at the Sachsenring.


Luigi Dall’Igna (General Manager of Ducati Corse)
“Together with Jack, we have spent five wonderful seasons, during which we have achieved truly significant goals for us, such as the two Constructors’ World Titles obtained in 2020 and 2021 and last year’s Best Team Title. In addition, we should not forget the numerous podiums and the two stunning victories at Jerez and Le Mans. Miller is a very talented rider who has been able to understand our Desmosedici GP at its best. He is a fair and loyal person on whose full commitment we have always been able to count. I would therefore like to thank him on behalf of Ducati, the Ducati Lenovo Team, and all our partners for these five years spent together and wish him all the best for his near future!”

Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team)
“It’s been a really important five years for me: together with Ducati, I’ve achieved several podiums, including two wins that I’ll never forget. In addition to the two Constructors’ World Titles and the Team Title, last year, I finished fourth in the Championship, and that was my best result ever in MotoGP. Together with the Pramac Racing Team and the Ducati Lenovo Team, I have grown a lot as a rider and year after year, I have always felt like the best version of myself. Next year I will take on a new challenge, but right now, I want to think only about finishing this last season with my team in the best possible way. I thank all of Ducati Corse, my team, Gigi, Paolo, Davide, and the people who have worked with me over these five seasons”.
From the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team:

MotoGP Grand Prix winner Jack Miller will return to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing family for the next two years. The Australian reignites several former alliances after he last starred with KTM machinery as Moto3™ world championship runner-up in 2014.
The 27-year-old lines-up next to Brad Binder and will run his ninth and tenth seasons in the premier class on the KTM RC16 after signing a contract that once again sees him in Red Bull KTM Factory Racing colors.Miller turned 27 last January but already has more than a decade of Grand Prix experience, including nine victories and almost 30 podiums in both Moto3 and MotoGP classes. 2014 was the most prolific term of his career so far as a powerful union with Aki Ajo’s Red Bull KTM Ajo squad saw him snare 6 wins and only just miss out on the Moto3 title. He made a high-profile move straight into the MotoGP category for 2015, where he has gone on to establish a reputation for maximum effort, full-energy and a large personality.

Miller will link again with Francesco Guidotti having worked with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s current Team Manager for three of his eight years in MotoGP.

Francesco Guidotti, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “Having Jack alongside Brad in our team means we have another strong asset. I know him well, I know how he likes to work and what he can bring to the box. I believe his character and the way he will ride and push our KTM RC16 will help us a lot at this stage of our project. Like Brad, Jack is a pure racer: he will find the limits and the maximum of any condition and any package and still ‘go for it’ to get the result and that is quite a rare quality. The next two seasons will be exciting!”

Pit Beirer, Director KTM Motorsports: “Of course we’ve known Jack since he made a boom with Aki and our Moto3 program and it’s a big pleasure to bring a rider of his capabilities into our MotoGP structure. He left us with a positive impression, and we’ve stayed in contact. Jack’s approach and attitude to racing are very similar to ours. I am very proud that he comes back to Red Bull KTM again and he will be a great addition to our mission.”

17 Comments

  1. Todd says:

    I would have gone for Rins.

  2. pablo66 says:

    I hope Ozzie Jack is successfull with KTM and am sure that he will ride the KTM to the limit & find the true potential of the bike ,being 27 yrs he is still in his prime & the energy & excitement he will bring to his new team and team mate might inspire team KTM to get their act together & once again give their riders a competetive bike .His last four years he has placed 13th ,8 th ,7 th , 4 th in the championship which proves he is very capable given the right equiptment to challenge for a title ,IMO.

  3. mgood3 says:

    Do you ever review motorcycles on this site? Just curious.

    • TimC says:

      Do you have a life? Just curious.

    • VLJ says:

      Do you ever scroll to the top of the page and notice the “Bike Reports” link?

      Not really curious.

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      Yes . . . sometimes.
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  4. Mick says:

    If he is a good development guy that will be good for KTM. I bought my first new KTM thirty years ago and the last bike that I bought new is a KTM. I would like to see them do well. Last year it seemed that they were breaking through. But that was last year. This year not so much.

    Lord knows their sponsor has the nicest looking livery. I always put black plastic on my bikes because even if you replace a piece it’ll be all scuffed up and nasty as the rest of them in no time. 🙂

    • Gary says:

      I bought my first KTM 50 years ago … made by Penton. That bike, a Penton/KTM 175 cc Jackpiner was a great bike in its day.

      • Mick says:

        Wasn’t Penton a plastics guy? Father of what is basically the current front dirt bike fender? I always wanted to hook a ride on a Penton, but I never got a chance.

        We were poor back then. My brother and I shared a CT70 that we rode until it was absolutely roached. Then some idiot stole it. Then we got a DT100 with 18 and 21 inch wheels, among other mods. We rode that until it was toasted too. We’d run it until it wouldn’t run anymore and I’d get it toss a piston in it or get it bored if I had to. That thing was barely recognizable when it was finally laid to rest. I think the last rear tire I put on it was a Goodyear. They made dirt bike tires for a very short time.

        • Motoman says:

          I believe you’re thinking of Preston Petty.

          • Phil B. says:

            Right! I had a Preston Petty mudder on my SL 125 back in 1973. I still have a plastic Petty visor made to snap on the three snaps that all helmets seemed to have back in the day. The helmet I had was gold metal flake!!!!
            Great old motorcycle times!

    • Dave says:

      He is supposed to be a very good development rider, credited with a significant role in getting the Ducati where it is. When he moved from Pramac to Factory he was relieved of that work (which didn’t seem to hold him back) and Pecco complained that the extra testing load on him was part of why his results weren’t up to scratch in he 1st couple of races.

  5. VLJ says:

    By all accounts Jack is regarded as a great person, a great teammate, a great employee. Just a model citizen.

    What he is not, however, and will never be, is a MotoGP champion-level racer.

    No shame in that, either. Very few people are at that level.

    • John B. says:

      Being an Aussie, even I have sadly to agree. But you missed he’s also fun luvin’ Aussie larkin!

    • Curt says:

      Agreed on all counts but that’s not a knock (few are champion-level – it’s rarified air). Jack’s been competitive for a good while, and has solved a lot of issues. I like that he’s a straight-talking, hard-riding dude with a good sense of humor. I’m a fan and I wish him the best on the KTM. That team needs rider options with different styles to see if anyone can push through just that little bit.

      • Dave says:

        Also agreed and I like that the sport is now in a place where there are many race winners and we’re not focusing on 3 “aliens”. Racers like Jack get attention and deliver R.O.I. to their teams without winning the title. I believe this makes the sport healthier and more attractive to sponsors/investors.

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