Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller has bagged a MotoGP podium this season, taking his Desmosedici GP19 to third at Circuit of Americas and he feels that more rostrums are coming his way in 2019.
But the added benefits of being a factory-contracted rider also come with the responsibility of delivering results. Coming home in tenth or 11th is no longer an options. With great power comes great responsibility…
“It’s my first season really, at the front, fighting for the top five every race and it’s been a shock,” said Miller.
“I have to learn and be patient, analyse what the other guys are doing with their tyres and try to manage them to have the maximum performance towards the end of a race.
The bike has been an amazing step this year. We had more work to do through the tests but I enjoyed this role to understand what we need to change.”
Although Miller races in a satellite team, he is paid by Ducati so the expectations are very high this year and will be higher next as it is 99 per cent certain he will stay with the Pramac team.
“There is a lot more support from the Ducati side but there is also more pressure. Last year, we could finish some races in tenth or 11th, it was OK, but this year it is not good enough to finish that far back, we have a bike capable of winning Grands Prix.
“We have stood on the podium once this tear already but I’d like to be there a couple more times this season. We have the machine under us and I feel I have the experience now.”