Jack’s looking to get off the mark for 2019 at the circuit where he took a brilliant pole 12 months ago.
Race: Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina
Round: 2 of 19
Date/time: Sunday March 31, 3pm local (5am AEDT Monday April 1)
Circuit: Termas de Rio Hondo: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.8km, 25 laps
2018 podium: Crutchlow-Zarco-Rins
Jack’s world championship results in Argentina
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 1st, finished 4th
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: Argentina last year was Jack’s 50th premier class start, and it was a milestone to remember, the Aussie taking his first MotoGP pole position on Saturday before a strange race start and a fourth-place finish on Sunday, where he was just 1.8secs off the podium. Jack’s brilliant Q2 effort in sketchy conditions was one of the laps of the year, while the race itself had a bizarre look when the lights went out with Jack on pole, and the rest of the grid all starting from beyond the back row after pitting after the warm-up lap for dry-weather tyres, which Jack had wisely gone to the grid on. The remote Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, which is a two-hour flight or a 1300km drive from Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is one where Jack has been fast from the outset, as he took pole on his first visit in the Moto3 class six years ago. Since then, Jack has scored points in three of four MotoGP starts, and was in sixth place after just four laps from a fifth-row start in 2016 before an untimely crash. After a non-score in the first race of the year in Qatar three weeks ago, which came after his seat worked loose and was discarded just two laps into the race, Jack will be doubly keen to bank some decent points while the MotoGP paddock stays in the Americas for a fortnight, Argentina preceding the GP at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas on April 14.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday April 1 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing