Jack gets set to tackle the first Dutch TT ever held on a Sunday.
Race: Motul TT Assen
Round: 8 of 18
Date/time: Sunday June 26, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: TT Circuit Assen: 18 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.5km, 26 laps
2015 podium: Rossi-Marquez-Lorenzo
Jack’s world championship results at Assen
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 20th, did not finish
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, did not finish
2013 (Moto3): qualified 14th, finished 7th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 33rd, did not finish
Jack says: “It was a good weekend in Barcelona, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves off the back of one good result. We found some direction in Barcelona and we need to keep working to improve both our qualifying performance and our race pace. I’m looking forward to getting to Assen and giving it a go round there. I like the track; last year I had really good speed there on the open bike, so I’m looking forward to trying the factory bike there this time around.”
Hot spots: Turns 16-17, the final chicane of the lap where many a race has been won and lost over the years. Think Nicky Hayden vs Colin Edwards in the MotoGP race in 2006, and Valentino Rossi vs Marc Marquez last year.
Assen fast fact: This year’s Dutch TT marks a break with history, with the race being held on Sunday for the first time. Assen has typically been held on the last Saturday of June, a tradition that has its roots from the first Dutch TT in 1925, before the advent of the motorcycle world championship. The 1925 TT was held in the nearby village of Rolde, and the town church was near the start-finish line for the race, which meant for road closures that could have prevented people from going to church if the race was held on Sunday. Since the world championship began in 1949, Assen is the only venue to have continuously hosted a round of the series.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 27 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photo courtesy of Marc VDS.