“Jack Miller I … | Dall’Igna under pressure Aussie

Jack Miller received a vote of confidence from Ducati MotoGP boss Gigi Dall’Igna in good time and described it as a “leader” who can take the necessary step to start the MotoGP World Championship in 2022 as a title contender.

The Australian had a positive but disappointing first season as a full Ducati factory rider in 2021. Miller scored two wins early in the season before being clearly outdone by his less experienced teammate Pecco Bagnaia.

While Bagnaia was highly praised by the Ducati bosses for his four wins and five pole positions in only his third MotoGP season, Miller, who made his debut in 2015, sees 2022 under pressure to perform.

After Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini’s high-profile rookie efforts in 2021 on the Pramac and Avintia Ducatis satellites, Miller will likely need a strong start to the year to guarantee him a stay within the Ducati Corse setup.

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Nonetheless, Dall’Igna is confident that Miller has the ability to take the extra step and face Bagnaia in a year when Ducati is expected to start as favorite for the title after the quick end of the 2021 season.

“No, I don’t think he felt the pressure,” said Dall’Igna to Speedweek. “I think he can take the step he needs to really fight for the title. Technically he is very strong. It’s true that he lacks consistency for an entire season, but sometimes it’s the small details that don’t give him the chance to show his true potential.

“Jack is [also] a leader, ”said Dall’Igna, who had used the same word to describe Bagnaia. “He’s very good at motivating the people who work with him. For me, leadership means that a driver manages to get everyone to work in the same direction in order to achieve the set goal. “