It’s the longest journey of the season – and one where the passion of the fans always makes Argentina memorable.
Race: Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina
Round: 2 of 19
Date/time: Sunday April 8, 3pm local (4am AEST Monday April 9)
Circuit: Termas de Rio Hondo: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.8km, 25 laps
2017 podium: Vinales-Rossi-Crutchlow
Jack’s world championship results in Argentina
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, finished 9th
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, did not finish
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 21st, finished 12th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 3rd
Jack’s preview: From the floodlit desert of Qatar and before the state-of-the-art sweeps and swoops of Austin comes Argentina, which surely counts as the most remote circuit on the calendar (it’s an hour-long drive from Tucuman, which in itself is a two-hour internal flight from the country’s capital, Buenos Aires, which is 12-14 hours from most major European capitals). Once you get to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, though, the passion of the local fans and the circuit layout makes the arduous route to get there more palatable. This is the fifth year of the world championship’s return to Argentina (the Argentine GP was held in Buenos Aires until 1999 before falling off the schedule), and while Jack has never qualified well here in the premier class, he has points finishes in two of the three MotoGP races he’s started, finishing 12th 12 months ago. Jack returned to his European base of Andorra after the Qatar GP, riding motocross with good mate Maverick Vinales before heading out to South America for his 50th MotoGP start.
Jack’s Argentina highlight: Last year’s seven-point haul was Jack’s best result in his three MotoGP starts in Argentina, but 2016 was his best and worst moment at Termas at the same time. Jack stormed through from 15th to sixth place in the opening four laps on a track still damp from morning rain before crashing at Turn 3 when a (then) career-best result looked on the cards.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday April 9 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.