Earthmoving Events

Jack Miller’s bike is practically part of the Cat fleet

Jack Miller

Australian racing star, Jack Miller was agile on a motorbike representing Cat at the ASBK finale in South Australia.

Lining up to start clad in black and yellow, the striking scene of Jack Miller arriving at The Bend was hard to miss. The 27-year-old MotoGP superstar made his return to the Australian Superbike Championships for the final round for a second year in a row. And like in 2021, he did it representing Cat.

Miller’s Ducati Panigale V4 S set itself apart with its unique Cat decals that had it looking suitable for both the race track and the work yard.

“It’s awesome to have this sort of freedom and play around a bit with the bike, the leathers and whatnot to really make it how you want to envision it,” Miller said.

Jack Miller riding

“We dipped our feet in the water last year a little bit, and this year it’s come up tops. It’s nice to be able to have that freedom to make it look cool, that’s a big part of it. It’s also about being proud of it too.”

For Caterpillar Marketing Manager Cameron Balzat, going one step further in the multi-year partnership with Miller was fantastic to see.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the Miller and Caterpillar partnership to our customers in a very different way,” Cameron said. “We know many Cat owners are machinery enthusiasts, for one thing, but being enthusiasts, that translates over to motorsports, in any form.”

Miller’s ride for the Superbikes was well and truly one of a kind. The bike rocks a hexagonal grill mesh detailing and a colour palette akin to other Cat machinery. It even sports ‘JM43T’ – Miller’s team and number in the make/model design you’d find on other Cat machinery. It’s practically part of the fleet, except it can go about 200km/h faster.

Cat bike

“When we designed that bike in conjunction with Jack’s team, we wanted it to represent a Cat machine on the track,” Cameron said. “Obviously, we don’t make two-wheeled bikes, but we wanted it to look like it came from our Cat factories, so to speak, even down to Cat Bolt-head decals to complete the impression of a Cat machine.

Two-way fandom

The partnership between Miller and Cat didn’t start like a typical sponsorship signing. It was Miller’s love for Cat machinery that had him enquiring about buying some earthmovers for his property near Townsville.

“Jack came to us wanting to buy a tractor,” Balzat said. “That started the discussions, he ended up buying a D3 dozer. He’s got that working on his property up at Townsville; a year later he bought a second Cat machine, a 259D3 Compact Track Loader.”

When he’s not dominating the track for MotoGP or Superbikes, Miller’s roaming his land aboard his Cat machines.

“I love having those machines there. If we do need to make some drastic changes, then we get out the D3 and push around some serious dirt,” he added.

Cat bike

“It’s awesome to have that Cat machinery there to work with at home, it’s something I’ve dreamed of. It’s pretty hot up there, so that air- con definitely comes in handy.”

Cameron said this connection deepened the partnership, and translated well both in the pits and on the track.

“It’s not just Jack representing Cat – he owns our machines and he loves what they do for him and what Cat dealer Hastings does for him,” he said.

“We feel that’s a great connection with Cat machinery owners and operators alike.”

Back among it

A weekend of re-connecting was more important than any podium finishes for Miller. The charismatic speedster spent much of the weekend’s finale chatting with his Superbike co-riders, as well as hundreds of fans young and old.

After a leisurely lap around The Bend to soak it all in, chucking a wave or two to the many spectators who came out to see him, Miller joined the top-three finishers for the race in the winner’s circle for some rousing burnouts on his bike.

 

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