Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 01 Oct 2015
MILLER MAKES MARC VDS MOTOGP MOVE
Jack Miller will join the Marc VDS team next season as the team ups its game in 2016 with a two-rider effort in MotoGP.
The Aussie will join Tito Rabat in the Michael Bartholemy-run outfit with the Spaniard stepping up to the MotoGP class with the team that took him to the 2014 Moto2 world title. While Rabat will run under the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS livery, Miller will be seen in the traditional colours of Marc VDS.
Miller’s future in MotoGP was never in doubt for 2016 as the 2014 Moto3 runner-up signed a three-year deal with Honda last season but where he would ride has been up for debate since the LCR squad’s split with troublesome title sponsor CWM.
Smart money was on Miller joining the Aspar team, but the Jorge Martinez squad has since opted to move away from running Honda’s for 2016 in favour of the more affordable Ducati GP14.2.
The Marc VDS team had made it clear they were interested in having another rider join them next season and with Honda willing to foot some, but not all, of what it costs to run Miller – it became a perfect fit, despite the ongoing legal difficulties between Miller and the team after the Aussie reneged on a pre-contract he’d signed to race in Moto2 with them this season.
Despite what many may think, Miller has enjoyed a strong debut season in MotoGP aboard the uncompetitive Honda RC213V-RS, having finished top open Honda on a number of occasions.
Considering HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto said he’d be impressed if Miller scored points this year, it’s likely Honda are pleased with the Australian’s progress.
However, he has come under fire for a number of dangerous moves which saw riders taken out of races by Miller’s LCR Honda.
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