MotoGP: Jack Miller signs Ducati contract extension for 2022
Ducati have confirmed that Jack Miller will remain with the factory team for the 2022 MotoGP season.
Miller signed a 1+1 factory contract for the 2021 season and the decision has now been made to take up the option of a second campaign. Next season will be Miller's fifth overall as a Ducati rider following his three-year stint with Pramac Racing (2018-2020).
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Miller has won the last two MotoGP races at Jerez and Le Mans. In Spain Miller rode superbly to take advantage of Fabio Quartararo's arm pump issues, whilst in France the 26-year-old mastered the mixed conditions to take a comfortable victory. As a result, Miller is fourth in the championship, 16 points behind Quartararo.
It's been the perfect reaction from Miller, who had struggled in the opening three rounds of the season. The Ducati rider finished ninth in both Qatar races before crashing out at Portimao. Prior to the Portuguese Grand Prix, Miller underwent arm pump surgery.
“I am thrilled to be able to continue my adventure with the Ducati Lenovo Team also next season," Miller said. "Wearing these colours is a great honour for me and having been able to win the last two races on the Desmosedici GP is a real dream! It wouldn’t have been possible without the great support that I’ve received from Ducati and the whole team during the last months, and I want to thank Gigi, Paolo, Davide, and Claudio for the faith they had in me.
"Now I can solely concentrate on the current season. We are fourth in the standings, not far from the leader, and the Championship is still very long. I will do my best to continue this positive trend and fight for the title. Forza Ducati!”
Miller heads into this weekend's Italian GP as one of the favourites and it's hard to bet against him right now. Ducati have won the last three races at Mugello with Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, and Danilo Petrucci.
The Italian manufacturer's unrivalled horsepower gives the Desmosedici riders a distinct advantage on a home straight measuring 1141 metres. If a Ducati rider takes victory on Sunday, it'll be the fifth time in its history that Ducati has won three consecutive races.
"In this first season, Jack has shown great talent, professionalism, and strong determination," Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, added. "He was able to secure two important victories in different conditions after a tough start to the season. For sure, he is one of the riders that better knows how to understand our Desmosedici GP to fully take advantage of its potential in any condition, as the recent success in Le Mans has demonstrated.
"As always, our goal remains the Championship title, and we believe that with Jack and Pecco, we will be among the main protagonists of the 2022 title charge.”
Whilst he's yet to clinch his maiden MotoGP victory, teammate Francesco Bagnaia's consistency means that he sits second in the championship - just a point behind Quartararo. The Italian has three podiums and a pole position to his name in 2021.