Miller is currently leading Moto3 in points with four wins and three third-place finishes to his credit. His racing career started on the dirt track, where he took an Australian national title at 10 years-old. In 2009, at age 14, he contested the Australian road racing championship aboard a 125cc machine and later moved into European series in Spain and Germany. Miller joined the Moto3 world championship in 2011 aboard a Caretta Technology 125cc KTM. He finished six races that season and remained with Caretta through 2012 when they switched to Honda machinery, and then rode with Racing Team Germany in 2013 aboard its FTR-Honda. Miller is now with Red Bull KTM Ajo and is enjoying his best season to-date.
This isn’t the first time LCR Honda has given an Aussie his first crack at the premier class. Casey Stoner made his GP debut with the team back in 2006, finishing the season eighth overall.
Miller will ride alongside teammate Cal Crutchlow, who will take over the factory-backed RC213V seat vacated by current LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl. Bradl announced his move to NGM Mobile Forward Racing in August 2014. Other riders shuffling through the ranks include Alvaro Bautista moving to the new Aprilia Gresini team and Scott Redding joining the Marc VDS Racing Team.
Statements below from Miller and CWM LCR Honda Manager Lucio Cecchinello were provided in a team press release:
Jack Miller: “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.”
Lucio Cecchinello (CWM LCR Team Principal): “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 familiarize 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.”