Fantastic opoprtunities can arise even from the most difficult moments. And that's what happened to Jack Miller, who was stuck in Australia due to the Coronavirus pandemic and was promoted to the official Ducati team for 2021.
"It's something for which I've been working many years, but it's weird right now," he confessed in an interview with former rider and current Fox commentator, Chris Vermeulen. (You can watch the full video above)
"Usually, some negotiations are carried out on the circuit, but now I'm in Australia," he continued. "I'm glad it's over. Now I have no stress for this year and only have to think of doing my best and getting some results to celebrate at Pramac."
The transition to the first team came thanks to last year's performances, where Jack scored five podiums, three in the last six races.
“One of the most important things I learned in the past is managing races," he explained. "To be at the top, I sometimes pushed too much, and I ended up wasting time. You have to understand that a race doesn't only last ten or fifteen laps and that the last five or six are crucial. You don't have to get too caught up in emotions, like what used to happen to me in the past. When they would overtake me, I'd start making mistakes, and a chain effect was occurred."
With his future already decided, Miller has reached his maturity and is looking forward to getting back on his Desmosedici.
"I'd even do ten races on the same track just to race again ," he said, smiling. "During these months, I asked myself what I'd do, without races and tests, and I found some things to keep concentrated."
Cross was a relief valve, besides being important training.
"Many riders had to stay still for a couple of months. I'm lucky, I have two tracks on my property and another very close by where young riders train."
Miller, like many riders, started with dirt bike racing, then moved on to speed.
"I raced in the national championship in Tasmania. It was my second time on the track, and I fell three times that weekend," he recalled. "In the beginning, I didn't have very high-performing bikes. This taught me to adapt and overcome problems. It made me the rider I am today."