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|09-26-2014, 06:10 AM||#1|
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Miller comments on move up to MotoGP
Valentino Rossi has had a word with the young Australian
Jack Miller & Jorge Lorenzo in the Aragon press conference
AHEAD of the MotorLand Aragon Grand Prix, Jack Miller spoke in Thursday afternoons press conference regarding his move up to MotoGP from Moto3.
Miller has signed with the CWM LCR Honda team in MotoGP and will move straight up from a 250cc KTM Moto3 bike to an 1000cc Honda RC213V-Ride Smart Open spec bike.
The 19-year-old said: "I’m over the moon to have this chance, but of course you know there will be a lot of questions. When Marc (Marquez) went up to Moto2 he was lighter and smaller than me, so physically I think I can ride now in MotoGP.
"I’ve only been on a road bike since 2009 so it’s a big step. It’s a long-term project and with the time and attitude we can do it. It’s just a bike with two tyres and an engine."
Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi commented on Miller's 'brave' move: "I think the biggest challenge for Jack will be to start with the right time, because it’s very easy to say, ‘I have time to be quiet and learn’, but when you’re on the track you want to give the maximum.
"The step is very big and Jack is very brave. I’ve spoken with him and he wants to do this, the bike will change a lot, the speed, brakes and tyres. He has to be clever and quiet and understand it all step by step and focus on getting results in the second half of the season."
Marc Marquez also expressed his views on the dramatic Miller move during the press conference after talking to Miller previous to the announcement of his move. Marquez made clear that using the natural progression from Moto3 to Moto2 and eventually to MotoGP is how you gain experience and ready yourself for the next challenge.
Marquez stated: "When I was in 125s I didn’t feel ready to go to MotoGP directly, I stayed in Moto2 because it was necessary for me. For him maybe it’s different. It will be hard at the start for sure but we just have to wait and see."
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