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Jack Miller Returns to His Dirt Track Roots

6 months ago | Words: Matt Bernard | Photos: KTM

While in town for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2023, taking place at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Aussie Moto GP star Jack Miller of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing embarked on a journey back to his roots. On a sunny Wednesday, he hosted the ‘FLAT TRACK WITH JACK’ junior experience, where he dedicated the day to nurturing the skills of the next generation of young flat track racers, alongside KTM Australia.

For Miller, this was a return to where it all began. The 28-year-old Grand Prix race winner’s racing career had humble origins on the dirt, where he learned to rip on two wheels. He often speaks of this discipline as an invaluable pathway to one of the worlds best.

Eight fortunate young riders, all mounted on KTM bikes, had the privilege of participating in the Nyora Speedway masterclass, led by the affable Miller himself. These talented young KTM racers, including Jed Fyffe, Hugo Holmes, Jye French, Jake Straney, Tyge Morey, Flynn Beard, Slater Beard, and Levi Campbell, gained priceless competitive insights from one of Australia’s finest racers.

In addition to Miller, the Victorian venue welcomed current Red Bull KTM Factory Racing American Flat Track (AFT) standout Max Whale. For Max, this marked a heartwarming homecoming after an action-packed season abroad. Joining them was another KTM-equipped talent, Australian Flat Track Nationals front-runner Billy van Eerde. Together, they shared their wisdom and carried out top-level demonstrations for the aspiring KTM juniors. Jack Miller shared his thoughts on the day, saying, “Flat track for us is a really great pathway into Grand Prix racing, as that’s exactly how I started. Once upon a time, I was one of these KTM juniors, so it’s special to be here now and helping out with the younger generation today! We walked around, kicked a bit of dirt with the kids and showed them the key points to look for on a new track and new surface, breaking the track down into sections, focusing on corner entry and exit, then tying everything together with mid-corner speed. To have the likes of Billy and Max here was awesome and made for a special coaching program for the kids that we will all very much remember for a long time to come.”


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