Ducati elected final season to ditch three-time championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso and double race winner Danilo Petrucci for 2021 in favour of former Pramac duo Miller and Bagnaia.
The transfer got here in for some criticism given Miller hadn’t received a race since 2016 and Bagnaia had only one podium to his credit score forward of this season, however each have contributed closely to a powerful marketing campaign thus far for Ducati.
Miller took back-to-back wins at Jerez and Le Mans following a difficult begin to the 12 months, whereas Bagnaia scored three podiums within the first 4 races.
Bagnaia at present sits third within the standings after the opening 9 races, 47 factors adrift of chief Fabio Quartararo, whereas Miller is 56 factors again in fifth.
Although Miller admits “the actual validation” will come on the finish of the 12 months, he believes each he and Bagnaia – who will stay on the manufacturing unit workforce in 2022 – have performed sufficient to vindicate Ducati’s resolution to fully reshape its important squad for 2021.
“I feel so,” he stated at a observe day at Barcelona when requested by Autosport if he thought he performed sufficient to show Ducati was proper to signal him.
“I feel they’ve obtained some validation, however the actual validation might be by the tip of the 12 months.
“There might be folks with a microscope higher and saying, ‘They may have performed this higher’, or one thing like that.
Jack Miller, Ducati Crew
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“[At] the tip of the day, the choice was already performed and we’re already racing and so they can’t return on that call.
“No, I feel we did an excellent job and Pecco and I – particularly Pecco’s been very constant, I’m making an attempt my finest to do my finest job.
“However I feel we’re doing an excellent job for the workforce and for the producer.
“The producer championship we’re proper there, and likewise within the riders’.”
Ducati, who received the constructors’ title final season, is second at present and simply 17 factors behind Yamaha.
Two ninths and a DNF within the opening three rounds has held again Miller’s title cost in 2021 thus far, however he’s “quietly assured” the approaching races within the second half of the season will enable him to do a “first rate job”.
“We obtained the 2 victories and even the rostrum right here in Montmelo to be pleased with, however the opening couple of races weren’t best and the clearly the crash in Assen was pointless,” Miller added.
“But it surely’s performed, we will’t change that now and we will solely look to the longer term, to what we will do within the second half of the season higher.
“And I really feel quietly assured within the second half of the season, much more tracks that I like and a whole lot of tracks the Ducati likes. So, I feel we will do a good job.”