MotoGP Realities: Jack Miller's Fight for Relevance
Nobody likes it when Jorge Lorenzo is right, it seems, but Lorenzo was certainly right when he admonished MotoGP rider Jack Miller, telling the Australian to buckle down and win races, reminding him he was no longer a spring chicken in the MotoGP class.

Jack Miller was notified this week at Assen that his services will no longer be needed next season at KTM. While he could certainly find a ride in MotoGP for 2025, it's probably not going to be a factory seat at this point.

Miller came into the MotoGP championship with many picking him to be the next swashbuckling Australian to win the MotoGP world championship in the foosteps of Michael Doohan and Casey Stoner. Famously, Miller jumped from Moto3 into MotoGP without stepping foot in Moto2. Looking back now, maybe a couple of seasons grinding it out in Moto2 would have done him some good.

Miller is a popular and well-liked rider. He's gregarious and charismatic, but MotoGP racing is 90% capability and 10% likability if a rider wants to stay in the class. Miller has won MotoGP races and certainly still could, but it seems the factories are finished paying Miller because of what he may be capable of doing. He's a back up plan now.

If someone suggested to Jack Miller that he has a confidence problem—he's the only rider in recent memory who needed to high-five his entire crew before going out in practice—there is little doubt Miller would nearly violently object to that suggestion. Regardless, what he can't deny is that he has struggled for several years on different motorcycles in finding late race grip. As Scott Redding, Danilo Petrucci, and others have learned, in MotoGP you can either do it or you can't. And if you can't...

Getting fired early and having to finish your shift is never fun, but Miller is going to have to make the best out of riding for KTM when they see no reason to give him a ride next season. If it rains, Miller could win races yet this season, which would be a grand way of shoving KTM's decision back in their faces.

The future? Miller is an engaging personality, with almost legendary stories about him and Cal Crutchlow raiding empty motorhomes for beer, Miller opening beer bottles with his teeth, and showing off his quirky near-musical ability with flatulence.

That sounds like a WSBK rider to many. Miller's bankbook would take a salary hit by moving to WSBK in 2025, but he could certainly win races on a Ducati.

I once knew an Australian rider who graduated to MotoGP and, except for one afternoon in Spain, he was nearly, totally miserable the entire time he was in MotoGP. He left the class and re-entered WSBK and became a racing legend when he won races and championships in the final stage of his racing career. He actually looked younger after leaving the pressure pot of MotoGP for WSBK.

His name was Troy Bayliss.

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