Since joining MotoGP in 2015, Miller has become one of the most popular riders on the grid. A lot of that has to do with his track talent, but so is his character and personality.
Whether it’s speaking his mind, giving other riders a ‘Miller Taxi’, starting a shoe trend on the podium, or simply being one of the friendlier riders, Miller has been a fan favorite for the sport. It became a big reason to love .
So it’s no surprise that the Australian is honest with his answers when asked why fans feel drawn to him.
“It’s not that hard. At the end of the day, I’m a normal person like everyone else, so that’s how I see myself,” said Miller at the Red Bull KTM team’s official 2023 bike launch. “My job is to ride bikes, but at the end of the day, we’re all skin and bones, so I don’t think the human factor changes.
“I think people are probably attracted to someone who shows a little more of normal human emotion, both in good and bad moments.
“Like you said, people are a little more drawn to it, a little more relatable, so I think that’s kind of a good thing for our sport in this day and age.
“A lot of people have their emotions mostly robotized or robotised, but I think fans themselves like people they can empathize with and people they can understand. I’ve been through something like that.”
KTM’s MotoGP journey is ‘amazing’ – Miller
A former member of the KTM family in Moto3, Miller has enjoyed great success with Ducati over the last five seasons after moving to Honda.
However, with Enea Bastianini replacing him on the factory team and a chance to return to the Austrian manufacturer for one of the most promising rides on the grid, Miller is determined to be an ‘insider’ rather than an ‘outsider’. I’m satisfied. ‘.
“Being an insider would be a whole different ballgame because it was awesome to have an outsider look in. What they accomplished in the short time they were there on a new project was pretty impressive.
“So I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned in MotoGP and working hard and hopefully improving both areas.”
With Brad Binder alongside the Australian, Miller will face one of the toughest challenges in MotoGP this season.
Binders are often the secret to KTM’s success when it comes to producing great race results, even when a particular race weekend looks like a struggle.
There is also the element of youngsters like Pedro Acosta waiting in the KTM wings. This means that immediate production across MotoGP is very important given how much pressure is currently being put on riders, not just mirrors.
“I mean, we all want to do well right from the first race…but it’s going to take some time,” said Miller. There is a clock on everyone and everyone wants results.
“There’s a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of people’s efforts invested in the project, and in the end it’s all down to the rider… I try not to focus too much on that. . .
“If I can get comfortable through testing and figure out how to really make this bike my own, I am confident that I can do it…with my experience and knowledge, I can give the best of the bike and Push for results.”