As MCN first reported over a month ago, Australian Jack Miller will make the switch from Honda machinery for the first time in his career next season with his move from Marc VDS to Pramac Ducati finally confirmed at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Miller has ridden for Honda since making the jump directly from the Moto3 class at the end of the 2014 season on a factory contract, first on the underpowered RCV1000 customer machine and then with the Marc VDS team.
He’s also finally started to repay Honda for their loyalty in 2017, finding the consistency that he’s been lacking up until now and running a below-the-radar campaign for top satellite status.
But, still struggling with the difficult-to-ride Honda RC213V despite the improvements made by the Japanese manufacturer over the last year or so – and hampered from properly using his aggressive riding style on a bike that forces him to be more conservative, the 22-year-old was tempted away by a strong offer from Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to be GP17-mounted for next season instead.
The news that Miller has completed his move to Pramac looked set to leave current rider Scott Redding out in the cold, after a difficult start to the season left him far from the top of the list of any team manager looking to next year and beyond.