Following three years aboard Honda RC213V machinery in the MotoGP class, Jack Miller will join the Octo Pramac Racing Ducati for 2018 MotoGP.The 22-year-old Australian, who joined the GP Championship in the former 125cc class in 2011, will pilot a Ducati Desmosedici GP prototype under a direct contract with Ducati Motor Holding.
His teammate will be Danilo Petrucci, who has impressed so far in 2018 aboard the satellite Ducati. As for the other current Octo Pramac Racing Ducati pilot, Scott Redding, the Moto2 runner-up finisher is expected to join Aprilia Racing Team Gresini for 2018, though nothing is confirmed.After debuting in the 2011 125cc GP class with KTM, Miller, of Queensland, headed directly to Moto3 with Honda for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2014, he joined KTM in Moto3, finishing runner up behind that year’s champion Alex Marquez, the younger brother of three-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez.Miller then jumped from Moto3 to MotoGP for 2015. He claimed his first MotoGP win at the Dutch TT last season, and has finished a best of sixth this season at that same Netherlands circuit.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!