The last time it was raced at Phillip Island was the "distant" 2019, the year before the pandemic outbreak. This year will finally sanction the return to the iconic Australian track. From that last race we can remember Marc Marquez's victory, Maverick Vinales' final crash and home idol Jack Miller's podium finish.
Once again this year Thriller arrives at home in excellent form and mathematically still in contention for the title. Compared to the current season, however, the 2019 edition saw driver from Townsville show up in an entirely new livery.
Motorcycle, suit and helmet were in fact declined according to an unusual medieval inspiration. At first the choice raised some doubts, since usually for this type of operation one chooses elements typical of a locality, country or culture. Confessing how this solution had been arrived at was Miller himself. The basic idea was to draw on the story of Ned Kelly, an Australian outlaw regarded by a section of the population as a kind of Robin Hood.
And that is precisely what Jack wished for, to have a burglar's, thief's image. For some reason, however, the Italian graphic studio - Starline Deisgners - to whom the criminal's photos had been sent decided to veer a chivalric theme. Though little or no adherence to the theme, the path taken by the creative immediately convinced the Pramac rider. Though Australia never had a historical era comparable to our Middle Ages, the result was so beautiful that he wanted to keep it.
The Desmosedici GP stopped almost completely the white, blue and red of the traditional livery to veer to a mixture of black and silver metal effect. The latter reproduced the scales of an armor. The suit became a real suit of armor complete with details and faithful reproduction of all components. The helmet could be nothing more than a contemporary version of a classic knight's helmet equipped with faux studs and openings for breathing.
The cavalier coloring brought good luck to 43, who secured a third place finish that sent the audience in attendance into raptures.
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