That’s MotoGP Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller riding Alvaro Bautista’s WSB Panigale V4 R at Barcelona…. hmmmm…

The big question is – why? Is he getting his eye in on the bike he’s going to compete on in 2020 whilst Alex Marquez makes good on his talks with Pramac Ducati to join MotoGP next year?

Ducati is being pretty coy about the actual motivations for the Australian getting out on the Bautista bike which has dominated WSB so far this season with 11 wins out of 14 races, the factory hasn’t released any lap times or even spoken publicly about the test session.

Miller, who is sixth overall in the MotoGP standings just missed out on his second podium of the season at Le Mans, France last weekend, so there’s little doubt about his current form or pace (if he was dropping off the front runner pace it could be argued that a move to WSB was an option for Ducati). But with the rumour-mill hot on the Marquez-joining-Pramac rumblings, it’d be a clear route for Miller (who’s contract with Pramac runs out at the end of this year) to go to WSB and still keep his partnership with Ducati going for another season at least.


The test happened as part of an open-track test at Barcelona where he shared track time with Moto2 and Moto3 riders who were also testing at the venue.

What do you think? Are we going to see Miller make an appearance in WSB? Could he ride as a wild card in WSB and keep contesting MotoGP full time? Could he be looking to jump to the WSB series next year in light of the Pramac-Marquez rumours? Or did he just fancy a trackday without pressure on a bike that looks like it’s a hoot to ride?

Tony Carter

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