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Covid glitch for Ducati MotoGP team

Australian Jack Miller has tested positive for Covid, pushing back the launch of the Ducati Lenovo MotoGP team.

This comes as Ducati has announced a record sale year in 2021 and Ducati Australia has recorded the biggest rise in sales for the company worldwide in 2021 with a 50% increase.

Ducati sold 59,477 motorcycles globally which is a new record for the Italian company, up 24% on 2020 and 12% over 2019.

Further to Ducati’s good news, the company has met the highest quality standards to be awarded the Top Employer Italy certification for the eighth year in a row.

And Ducati is also back in London with a new dealership in the railway arches of Vauxhall.

The only glitch in the Ducati good news is that Miller tested positive to Covid-19 on Wednesday 19 January.

Jack, whose contract with Ducati is under a clouds, will not make it back to Europe in time to take part in the official 2022 team photoshoot session.

The number 43 rider, who is asymptomatic, is in self-isolation in Australia and will do a second PCR test next week.

The 2022 Ducati Lenovo Team Season Launch scheduled for 28 January will be postponed to 7 February 2022.

It comes as Jack and team-mate Francesco Bagnaia, whose contracts run out this year, will be a in a three-way fight for the two seats with impressive rookie Jorge Martin.

Meanwhile, Jack hopes to head to the official MotoGP Shakedown test from 31 January – 2 February at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

He says he is “doing fine”. 

“Since I don’t have any symptoms, at least I can continue with my training,” he says. 

“I miss you all and will see you in Sepang for the test.” 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Jack Miller returns to Australian Superbikes

Aussie race fans will be able to cheer on their MotoGP star, Jack Miller, in the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

After finishing third in the final last round of the MotoGP Championship in Valencia last weekend and fourth for the season, Jack will travel to South Australia for the ASBK race at The Bend Motorsport Park on 3–5 December.

Aussies have missed out on seeing their local hero for the past two years with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix cancelled in 2020 and this year.

He will compete on a 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R alongside fellow Australian Ducati riders Mike Jones, Wayne Maxwell and three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss’s son, Oli, in the two-race event.

Jack says it is a “massive privilege and honour” to race in front of Australian fans.

“As you can imagine it has not been easy to try and organise everything from the other side of the world at such short notice,” he says.

The final round will be open to spectators with travel restrictions easing for several states.

Jack comes from Townsville north Queensland and won his first dirt track title at the age of only 10 in 2005. 

I was two and a half years old, nearly three, when my dad taught me how to ride, even though, once I learnt the base, I was kind of self-taught,” Jack says.

“I learn a lot of things on my own. That’s why I have so many broken bones!

“My first bike was a (Honda) QR 50 from my brother. He got it on his birthday and that was the day I went to ride it.

“We rode all day, every day. We just put more petrol in the bike and kept going.”

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In 2008 he moved to road racing and in 2010 he went to Europe.

He was the championship runner-up in the 2014 Moto3 World Championship and won his first MotoGP race at the 2016 Dutch TT.

In 2021, he raced for the factory Ducati team.

“This year we finish fourth, and it is my best result ever in the MotoGP Championship, so I hope to do even better next year,” he says.

So do we!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Jack Miller has confirmed that he will return home to compete in the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship on a P…

Jack Miller has confirmed that he will return home to compete in the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship on a Panigale V4 R at The Bend Motorsport Park on 3rd – 5th December.

Racing fans will finally be able to see and cheer our Australian hero on home soil at ASBK – Australian Superbikes. Tickets for the Grand Finale are now on sale through Ticketek.

#PanigaleV4R #DucatiCorse #ASBK
Source: Jack Miller on Facebook

Australian MotoGP Cancelled

The Phillip Island MotoGP round won’t be happening this year – and five-time 500cc world champion Mick Doohan isn’t too happy about it. 

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation board member isn’t the only one gritting his teeth.  With ongoing restrictions costing last year’s Aussie Grand Prix to fold, riders and viewers alike were looking forward to the next race to unite the track – in the case of Doohan’s frustrations, for an Aussie to win it.

Jack Miller and Remy Gardner, two Aussies connected to the Aussie Grand Prix
Aussie homestars Jack Miller and Remy Gardner

According to a report from Crash.net, two Aussies were carrying a lot of potential for this year’s home race.  Factory Ducati rider and home star Jack Miller had been winning races in the premier class, and with future Tech3 KTM rider Remy Gardner leading the Moto2 world championship, chances were high for an Aussie win.

Besides that, fans were simply eager to see things return to normal after the restrictions of 2020. 

cartoon caricatures of Jack Miller and Remy Gardner waiting for the next MotoGP Race
Phillip Island Christmas cards of 2020/2021, prior to the most recent restrictions.

“I’m totally devastated that we’re not hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix again this year at Phillip Island,” says Doohan, “especially with the form we’ve got with Jack Miller in MotoGP and Remy Gardner in Moto2, who could have been in a position to win the championship overall at Phillip Island”. 

While fans are exempt from the view at Phillip Island for 2021, they will still be able to look forward to next year’s rounds, where Miller and Gardner will be sharing the same grid. 

 front view of Carmelo Ezpeleta
MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta released the following in a statement:

“Unfortunately, we will have to wait another year to return to Victoria, but we very much look forward to seeing the Australian fans in 2022 and staging another fantastic event together – this time with two home heroes, Jack Miller and Remy Gardner, on the premier class grid when we return”.

Paul Little, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman
Andrew Westacott, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (L) listens to Paul Little, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman

Paul Little, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, mirrors these sentiments. 

“I would like to reassure our motivated and professional staff, suppliers, and partners, as well as the Victorian tourism and major events community, that we will work tirelessly to deliver these iconic events in 2022.”

Fingers crossed for 2022, and make sure to support the riders by staying up to date on all things MotoGP!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com