Jack Miller will make his MotoGP debut next season after signing for the CWM LCR Honda squad. The 19-year-old, who currently leads the Moto3 world championship, will buck the usual trend of advancing through Moto2 on his way to MotoGP, jumping straight up to the premier class on board Honda’s open-spec RC213V-RS.
Miller maintains he is under no illusions over the challenge facing him next season and hopes the confirmation of his future will enable him to concentrate on his fight for the Moto3 title.
“I’m very happy to make the leap up to MotoGP next year, especially because I will do so alongside HRC. It’s a dream come true; I think that every rider would like to race at the highest level in the World Championship with a Honda. It is certainly a big jump from Moto3 to MotoGP, but I am convinced that we are ready and that, step-by-step, learning every day, we can do a great job. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m very excited about starting this new stage of my career with HRC, whom I wish to thank together with CWM LCR Honda Team. I’m looking forward to working with them! In the meantime, I remain fully focused on this season’s Moto3 World Championship. I will have to avoid any distraction in order to fight for the title.”
Team Principal Lucio Cecchinello is refusing to put too much pressure on the Australian and expects his talent to shine through on more powerful machinery.
“Without any doubt, this is a very exciting project and a completely new challenge for us. We do believe that Jack will be a future strong performer in the premier class due to his undeniable talent, motivation and drive. Together with Honda we will do our best to let him familiarise himself, step by step, with the MotoGP class. For sure Jack will need time to learn how to ride a 1000cc machine but there is no rush, and next year will just be a learning season for him in the new Class. Honda has a long term plan with him and we believe that with no pressure Jack will be able to show his talent in MotoGP.”