Cal bat­tles to a solid fourth

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Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller took an im­por­tant step to­wards se­cur­ing his fu­ture with both team and man­u­fac­turer for 2018 and be­yond at the Dutch TT after de­liv­er­ing a re­sult sec­ond only to his in­cred­i­ble win at the cir­cuit 12 months ago.

The 22-year-old came home an im­pres­sive sixth place in tricky con­di­tions, show­ing once again how he’s turned into a much more ma­ture rider this sea­son by keep­ing his cool when he needed to as rain started to fall dur­ing Sun­day’s race.

He said: “I just kept push­ing for­wards. I felt that even bat­tling with Dani Pe­drosa for tenth all race was a de­cent re­sult in it­self as he’s on the fac­tory bike – but to close the gap to the leaders and come home in sixth means I’m stoked! It helps to make up for the lit­tle bit of bad luck we’ve had.”

Fail­ing to fin­ish only two races so far this year (one of them not his own fault when he was wiped out at Jerez by Al­varo Bautista), the Aussie’s solid start to 2017 should do him the power of good as con­tract time comes around.

Ru­moured for a while to be close to se­cur­ing a deal di­rectly with the Bel­gian team to re­place the three­year fac­tory Honda deal that took him straight from Moto3 to the premier class back in 2015, he said after the race that it looks now like he will join new sign­ing Franco Morbidelli at Marc VDS in­stead of mak­ing a switch to the Pra­mac Du­cati team.

He said: “The sooner the bet­ter for me, but we still have the iron out try­ing to straighten it out and make ev­ery­thing per­fect for me. Who knows for sure just yet, but I re­ally en­joy where I am at Marc VDS.”

Looks likel Jack is stay­ing put in 2018

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