JACK KICKS BACK
TOWNSVILLE MotoGP star Jack Miller may be at home resting on a mid- season break, but for an elite speedster like Miller the white line fever always remains.
Miller is enjoying the good life at his Kelso home following nine rounds of this year’s MotoGP, which restarts next month at the Czech Republic’s Automotodrom Brno.
Before that Miller will ride at the prestigious Suzuka 8- Hour endurance race in Japan, where he will ride for Honda’s factory team as part of the MotoGP’s ‘ summer break’.
Miller’s sprawling Kelso property might be as far removed from the MotoGP circuit as anyone could get, and on Saturday he will attend the wedding of his older brother Fergus.
But even then his mind is still fixed on that next race.
“The head is never out of racing, we’re always thinking about it — whether it’s getting up in the morning to go to the gym, cycling or whatever,” Miller said.
“I’m doing everything I can to make sure I’m as ready as I can be to go to battle.
“But then again it is nice to zone out a bit and focus on some other stuff.”
Miller’s mother Sonya even changed the date of her elder son’s wedding to make sure Miller would be around for the big day, no mean feat considering the whirlwind activity taking place on and off the track.
Miller is placed 12th in the MotoGP standings and scored his best finish of the year to date at the Dutch TT, placing sixth.
The former Cathedral School student is also in the third and final year of his contract with the Honda factory, and reports have emerged he will switch to Pramac Ducati MotoGP team from next season.
Miller yesterday said nothing was finalised and all cards were still on the table.
“There’s a few things happening at the moment in terms of contract negotiations and all that sort of jazz, but at the moment my focus is just on getting this eight- hour race out of the way,” he said.
“Hopefully by the time we get to the Czech Republic we should be able to announce some more stuff in the pipeline. “It’s just about taking one step at a time, I don’t like to be too focused on those sort of things. “My manager will be doing most of the negotiations, but we’ve got options and we’re just trying to weight it up. “As you know this year’s quite hard because there’s not many teams, most of the riders are tied down because they did their contracts last year. “So we’re just trying to the best we can, and once we get the timing right — when other riders are off their contracts as well — we can negotiate for next year.” The fact that FOX SPORTS ambassador Miller is looking ahead to the rest of the season and beyond is a stroke of fortune in itself, given his terrifying crash at the French MotoGP less than two months ago. Miller, who has endured plenty of major accidents throughout his racing career, said he was blessed to have walked away. “It was big one, that’s for sure,” he said. “You don’t want to have too many of them; locked in front at 190km/ h and rolling into the wall, it wasn’t the best feeling. “But to come away with minor injuries after such a huge crash like that ... I have to thank my lucky stars. “You could have the same crash seven times over and have seven different results, and I’ve had smaller crashes and suffered a lot worse. “I’d like to say I’m pretty lucky boy for that one.” Getting his start in Moto3 in 2012, Miller made history in 2015 by becoming the first Moto3 rider to skip Moto2 and lead straight into MotoGP. Since then he has scored one race victory — at the 2016 Dutch TT — and placed regularly inside the top 10. Miller has been racing at the elite level for so long it can be hard to forget he is just 22 years old, which Miller reminds people when talking about the future. “I’ve got a long way to go in this game yet,” he said. “We’re trying to work our way up to get the decent bike to really fight for top positions.” Miller leaves Townsville for Japan on Monday.
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FAST LANE: Townsville wnsville born MotoGP rider Jack ack Millerr is back in TownsvilleTow during a break in the season.