Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 17 Sep 2014
LCR Honda have confirmed that Jack Miller will ride for the team in MotoGP’s Open Class in 2015 as the young Australian signs a three-year deal directly with Honda Racing.
The 19-year-old will make the huge step straight into MotoGP from the entry-level Moto3 category, in which he currently leads the standings by nine points with five rounds remaining having taken four wins so far this season.
The Aussie will partner Briton Cal Crutchlow in the Lucio Cechinello squad riding the customer RC213V-RS (formerly RCV1000R), which is set to get an upgraded engine next season to increase performance after this year’s bike has struggled to compete with Forward Racing’s open-spec Yamahas.
Miller’s lack of experience is set to be compensated by pairing the youngster with Casey Stoner’s former crew chief Cristian Gabbarini.
A three-year deal for a rookie is almost unheard of in Grand Prix racing and it is understood that Miller will ride for the LCR outfit for the first two seasons. This could put him on a factory-spec RC213V as soon as 2016 should Cal Crutchlow’s one-year contract not be renewed at the end of next season. This would then place Miller in direct competition with Scott Redding (who will ride a Honda RC213V for MarcVDS during the next two seasons) for any available seat in the Repsol Honda team in 2017.
“I’m very happy to make the leap up to MotoGP next year, especially because I will do so alongside HRC” said Miller. “It's a dream come true; I think that every rider would like to race at the highest level in the World Championship with a Honda. It is certainly a big jump from Moto3 to MotoGP, but I am convinced that we are ready and that, step-by-step, learning every day, we can do a great job. It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm very excited about starting this new stage of my career with HRC, whom I wish to thank. I'm looking forward to working with them! In the meantime, I remain fully focused on this season's Moto3 world championship. I will have to avoid any distraction in order to fight for the title.”