Thanks to an excellent second half of the 2019 season, Jack Miller has been given a place in the factory Ducati team, ousting Danilo Petrucci.
The Australian scored five podium finishes, and in the last ten races of the world championship he climbed onto the third step of the podium four times, including the one in his home race, at Phillip Island.
Cal Crutchlow is known to be a great friend of Jackass and the British rider said he was convinced in a video interview on the Australian GP's Facebook site that now the 25-year-old from Townsville can also fight for the title.
“Jack Miller is one of the only guys here that has the talent to beat Marc over a season. He managed to get a podium at his home Grand Prix, it’s an incredible achievement in any rider’s career. Talent on a motorcycle, he definitely has it and I believe he has as much as anyone in this Championship, and I see him as the guy who can take the step up and take the fight to Marc over the next few years. He’s the right rider to do it I believe, and I think he can – when I retire and guide him. But that’s up to him, whether he wants me to do that for him or not,” joked Crutchlow, who was on the podium with Miller in the 2019 Australian GP behind Marquez.