Jack Miller was happy to prove his doubters wrong on Sunday as he celebrated a first MotoGP victory at the Dutch TT in Assen.
Miller moved to the premier class from Moto3 for last season, joining Marc VDS for 2016 in a switch that prompted raised eyebrows in some quarters.
The Australian clinched a first top-10 finish at the Catalan Grand Prix last time out, and he topped the podium on Sunday following a race that had to be restarted due to heavy rain.
Miller held off Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez to claim victory, and was understandably elated afterwards.
"Coming up through from Moto3 into MotoGP was a big step but this makes it clear that we do know how to ride a motorbike and I'm not an idiot," Miller said in quotes reported by crash.net.
"It gives [Marc VDS] Honda something back for taking such a big gamble on me and the risks those guys have taken to bring me through from Moto3 with the amount of criticism they have taken, and the amount of criticism I have taken, so big thanks to them and to my family as well for moving to Europe six years ago.
"This all makes it worthwhile and it's an amazing feeling and I can't even explain at this point in time.
"When you see stuff and hear stuff and you know what people are thinking because they see someone in the gravel mostly, they start to assume stuff.
"It's always good to get a victory and to do it like this is nice. It gives me also a little bit of a confidence boost because people can come into GP racing and go a long time without anything so I have to consider myself very lucky to get a victory."