Australian Jack Miller has finally confirmed his MotoGP 2020 deal with Pramac Ducati, signing a year extension to his original term.
Miller’s future was the subject of much controversy over the Red Bull Ring where it emerged Ducati had apparently been in talks with Jorge Lorenzo, who wanted out of his Honda deal and was looking for a way back into the Bologna fold.
However, Lorenzo will now either have to stay with HRC or find an alternative as Miller is now officially remaining with his current squad.
“I am very happy to have reached this agreement. Pramac Racing is a team that made me feel comfortable right from the start and the relationship with Ducati is very close,” said Miller.
I will have again the official bike at my disposal and will do my best to achieve great results. I would like to thank Ducati and my team for the great work they have done so far.”
Pramac also confirmed Miller, and team-mate Pecco Bagnaia, will run 2020-spec Desmosedici machinery, making that four works bikes on the grid for the first time.
Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti believes this could be a crucial way of gathering the extra data required to do something about Marc Marquez.
“It will be the first time that Ducati will have four identical bikes in MotoGP, two for the factory Ducati Team and two for Pramac Racing,” he said.
“This exceptional effort will help us to collect and share more information and improve the development process, with the aim of obtaining even better results and stimulate a fair and positive competition among our riders.