Australia’s Moto3 championship leader Jack Miller says he’ll have to ride intelligently the next few races after bagging his fourth win of 2014 in Germany.
Australia’s Jack Miller says he’ll have to ride “intelligently” the next few races in a bid to protect his Moto3 championship lead.
The 19-year-old from Townsville claimed his fourth win of the year with victory in the German Grand Prix on Sunday after starting from pole position.
The result pushes Miller 19 points ahead of Alex Marquez, the brother of MotoGP superstar Marc, in the overall standings as the category goes into a mid-season break.
“It was a nice race, but the 27 laps dragged on,” the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider said.
“It was very important to get these 25 points.
“Now we have to ride intelligently at the next few tracks.”
Miller’s team boss Aki Ajo praised his young charge for his performance and his new-found respect within the garage.
“It was another perfect race from Jack,” Ajo said.
“Jack is improving all the time, works hard every day and has won the appreciation of everyone around him, so this motivates the team a lot.”
There’s been much speculation about Miller’s future in the sport, with the Queenslander currently involved in a contractual dispute with the Marc VDS Moto2 team.
The outfit claims to have a binding contract with him for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, although Miller denies that.
“(I have) no contract. Not binding, anyway,” he said at the weekend.
Miller’s red-hot form has had some pundits asking whether he should skip the intermediate Moto2 category next year and head straight into the premier class.
However defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, who on Sunday became the first rider to win nine straight races since Australia’s Mick Doohan in 1997, cautioned against it.
“I think from my side, my experience, you need to pass through Moto2,” Marquez said after qualifying on Saturday.
“I have the experience, and also the crashes in Moto2, and then arrived in MotoGP.
“If you go direct to MotoGP then maybe you can learn, because everything is possible, but I think everything needs to be step-by-step.
“Maybe he is ready to go to MotoGP. I don’t know how he feels.”
“I feel I’ve had enough crashes already,” he joked.
“Like Marc said, it’s a massive step, but I believe it’s a motorbike, and if you can learn on this, then why not? But I don’t think it’s going to happen.”