Moto3 series leader Jack Miller will be racing with LCR Honda next season, according to a press release from the team.
For some time now, there’s been talk that Miller might move up to the big series. He’s been impressive in Moto3 this year (although Misano saw his lead cut to only nine points over Alex Marquez). But is he ready for the jump?
Plenty of MotoGP commentators seem to think this could be a bad move, but the reasoning is obvious. Ever since Marc Marquez went straight from Moto2 to Honda’s factory team, he’s been absolutely impressive. Now, other teams are examining the MotoGP support classes, hoping to find their own boy wonder before some other organization signs him. Miller’s success in Moto3 this year has obviously emboldened LCR Honda to take a chance on him, even though he hasn’t put his time in with Moto2.
Miller’s only 19, but luckily for him, the ability to grow a beard isn’t a requirement for MotoGP. The Australian rider will be Cal Crutchlow’s teammate next year, aboard the Honda RC213V machine.
Miller sounded over the moon after the announcement, saying “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.”
LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello said his team would take their time developing Miller into a top racer.
“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,” he said. “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.”