Former 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan is overwhelmed with the extra ordinary perfrmance of 19-year old Jack Miller, who had recently won the opening race of the 2014 season in the entry-level Moto3. The veteran rider was so impressed with Miller that he predicted, Jack could be a contender of MotoGP world championship as soon as next year. The teen age rider from Australia made it to the top of the podium for the very first time on last Sunday, March 23rd at the Qatar Grand Prix after a maiden race for Red Bull KTM. With this victory Miller became the first Australian to triumph in the 125 cylinder class (cc) after Casey Stoner, who finished first in Malaysia 10 years ago. If you too are impressed Miller’s heroics and now want to buy a motorcycle helmet or gear, RiderWear store is their first stop.
Talking to AAP, motorcycling great Doohan said that by winning in the smallest cylinder class Miller has proved that if he has the right machinery the rider has the capability to win a race. Doohan also said that with this victory Miller has come one step closer to his dream of participating in Moto2. In fact, he can directly go into the MotoGP instead of Moto2 if a right team opens its arms for him. The 48-year old Mick also divulged that Miller is quite popular in the paddock and sport administrators, as they love to have him around. However, Doohan warned Miller by saying that it would be best for him to stay in Moto3 instead of jumping into the premier class with a third-tier team because it would not do any good to his career.
Neverhteless, Doohan also admitted that it does not happen very often that riders get an opportunity to jump straight into the premier class, as Velentino Rossi got the chance to inherit his bike when he got injured or Marc Maquez was able to inherit Stoner’s bike after he announced his retirement. So according to Doohan best option for Miller is to reach out a second-tier team and if they are available then its best to enter into a bigger category rather than staying in the smaller one. Currently Miller is ahead of all the riders in his category, as he won the first round and now eyeing to win the second as well that will take place at the Circuit of the Americas that located in Texas, USA and will begin in three weeks time.
However, the 3.427-mile long Circuit of the Americas is not an easy track to race on. Moreover, Miller is likely to face some serious contest from his rivals, who were not abloe to reach the podium in the opening race of the Moto3 season.