Jack Miller is a name we are going to talk about a lot in this coming season of Moto GP 2015. The whole motorcycle racing fraternity and the fans are going to be looking very closely at the mighty Honda’s gamble on fast tracking Jack Miller straight from Moto3 into the Moto GP world championship in 2015. We had earlier reported that the young Aussie Miller will skip the normal route to Moto GP through the Moto2 class having signed a lucrative three-year deal with HRC, just five years after he took up road racing.
Miller will join the LCR Honda squad for the 2015 premier class campaign and he will ride a production Honda RC213V-RS machine after impressing HRC bosses with his challenge for the Moto3 world championship last season. This can be considered as an event in its own right as Miller will become the first rider to make the huge leap from the entry-level class into MotoGP for over a decade.
It did not take long before his move from the Red Bull KTM Moto3 squad was questioned by some sceptics, who believe it is too much to jump from a 55bhp single-cylinder 250cc four-stroke to a 270bhp 1000cc MotoGP bike.
No wonder in this whole circus of people supporting the idea and then the contingent of people who find it a little too much for a rookie to handle, Honda's biggest rival in the MotoGP paddock, Yamaha, will closely monitor the move by Honda and Miller. Senior Yamaha boss Jarvis has likened Honda’s bold move on Miller to teenage Formula One sensation Max Verstappen, who will drive for the Toro Rosso in 2015 aged just 17. And Jarvis said he is curious to see how the Miller ‘experiment’ unfolds.
The Yamaha boss told reporters: “It is going to be very interesting. Is it right or wrong? If you ask the people who are a little older in the sport then they are not convinced it is the way to go. But maybe Verstappan can do great things in F1 and Miller will do the same in MotoGP and this will be a game changer. I don't know but I am very curious to see what happens with these two young guys.”
Jarvis doesn’t fear a successful move by Miller will make the intermediate Moto2 class irrelevant, with other young talents in the future potentially attracted to make the same big step from Moto3. Jarvis added: “Miller's move does not invalidate Moto2 but if one guy does it and is successful then it might change because more young guys will be ready to take the risk. But for a young rider, if you step up too soon and fail then you fall back into the doldrums before you get another chance."