In a move that came as no surprise to the MotoGP paddock Jack Miller has finally been confirmed at Marc VDS for next season. The team will expand to two bikes with HRC contracted Miller joining outgoing Moto2 championTito Rabat.
There was plenty of tension between Miller and Marc VDS over the last 12 months with the team believing that the Australian had signed a contract with the team to race in Moto2 before electing instead to sign with HRC and race in Moto2. A legal battle ensued that still had not been resolved when the parties started to negotiate for next year.
“It’s good to be able to finally welcome Jack to the Marc VDS Racing Team," said team principal Michael Bartholemy. "We wanted Jack in 2013 because we could see he had the talent to succeed and that hasn’t changed. This was always going to be a difficult transition season for him, having jumped straight onto the MotoGP bike from Moto3, but he’s done a solid job so far. Next year Jack will benefit from having the Marc VDS Racing Team behind him and, together with a competitive bike, I’m confident that this is exactly what he needs to realise his full potential.”
For Miller the opportunity to race in MotoGP was understandably too great but he's now excited to finally get the chance to race with Marc VDS.
"I'll race for Marc VDS next year and it's very exciting for me and I'm looking forward to it," said Miller at the pre-race press conference in Australia. "The package that they've put together this year in their first MotoGP season has been impressive. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my GP career. I'm fortunate to have my crew come with me to the team next year."
Moving straight from Moto3 to MotoGP offered a huge challenge to Miller and he's acquitted himself well but having had the typical ups and downs of a rookie campaign has been combined with a hugely competitive premier class grid. When asked to assess his rookie season Miller said:
"I think that this was one of the most competitive seasons ever in MotoGP and all the manufacturers have been going well. Honda has had a good package with the Open bikes and we've had some good results but also some poor results."
Miller will bring his crew with him to Marc VDS.