Jack Miller moving to KTM MotoGP team

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Australian MotoGP star Jack Miller will leave Ducati and race for the KTM factory team next season.

The 27-year-old will join South African Brad Binder at the Red Bull-backed outfit, replacing Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira, after the team announced a two-year deal on Thursday.

Miller was Moto3 championship runner-up with KTM in 2014 and has more than a decade of grand prix experience including three wins in the top category.

The Queenslander started his MotoGP stint with Honda in 2014 and has spent the last five seasons with Ducati and last year won in Jerez and Le Mans to become the first Australian back-to-back race winner in MotoGP since double world champion Casey Stoner in 2012.

He finished last season fourth overall.

This season Miller is sitting ninth with two podium finishes after nine rounds.

"Having Jack alongside Brad in our team means we have another strong asset. I know him well, I know how he likes to work and what he can bring to the box," said KTM team manager Francesco Guidotti in a statement.

"I believe his character and the way he will ride and push our KTM RC16 will help us a lot at this stage of our project.

"Like Brad, Jack is a pure racer: he will find the limits and the maximum of any condition and any package and still 'go for it' to get the result and that is quite a rare quality.

"The next two seasons will be exciting."

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