Townsville’s Jack Miller set for world stage
Townsville teenager and motorcycle racing up and comer Jack Miller is set to take off on a whirlwind round the world racing season with his mum, Sonya, in tow.
The 17 year old is jetting out of Townsville this week to take up residence in Italy, where he’ll base his campaign as a rider in the Moto3 grand prix category.
Jack’s stellar European season in 2011 saw him take out the German IDM 125CC championship, and earned him a contract with Caretta Technology’s Forward Racing, and a spot in the 125CC category on the Grand Prix circuit. He raced six times in that category last year, which this year has been replaced with the Moto3 division.
The racing prodigy is leaving his father, brother, and family property behind and travelling across the globe to pursue his goals from the seat of his bike.
“I’m excited about the year ahead. This is another step in a very long list of steps that will take me towards my goal of following in the footsteps of Australian legends like Mick Doohan and Casey Stoner.”
“Travelling the world with the best motorcycle racers in the business is going to be a great learning experience, and I’m really looking forward to testing myself on the track against other riders from all over the world.”
“I’ll miss Townsville, I’ve had to pack in a bit of waterskiing, and some time hanging out with my friends while I’ve been getting ready to leave Australian shores for most of the year. It’ll be hard to leave my friends and family behind. But I’m planning to do them proud with how I go on track.”
“Having mum with me will be brilliant. Mum and dad have been really supportive of my career, and it’ll be nice to have that support with me on the road.”
“I’ve love Townsville to follow my progress online. I’ll be posting regular updates on Facebook, on Twitter, and on my website. That’ll be a great way for me to keep in touch with my friends and the North Queensland community.”
“I’m also looking for sponsors. Keeping a bike on the road is costly business, and those costs blow out a bit when you’re keeping the bike on roads all around the world. I’ll be representing Townsville and Australia everywhere I go.”