The start of the season was extremely tough for Jack Miller, with two ninth-place finishes in Qatar, surgery on his arm and then a crash at Portimão just a few days after the stitches had been removed from his forearm. The turning point finally came at Jerez, the Australian scoring a win that also came as a liberation, as the rider's tears in parc fermé so clearly proved.

"The relief this win brought was enormous. A rollercoaster of emotions and, as I came back to pitlane, I went from being totally incredulous to shouting and crying inside my helmet. I tried to hold it in, but I couldn’t”, Jack tells our Speedweek colleagues.

"Lucy’s call changed me"

The Crutchlow family has played a key role in the rebirth of Miller, with Lucy, Cal’s wife, acting as a life coach: "I received a call from her during the week and she told me I was strong, that I could do it, and that I shouldn’t give in. She said it aggressively and on Sunday she repeated it all in a message. It’s good to hear certain things and I can only thank her".

"I’ve had many doubts in recent weeks, because people soon forget what you do, remembering only the negative things. Lucy and Cal have always been there for me and if I’m here now, it’s also thanks to them. But Cal isn’t as nice as his wife...", jokes the factory Ducati rider.

Translated by Heather Watson

MotoGP: Jack Miller on track at Aragon with the Ducati Panigale V4-S