Jack can’t wait to get on track in his own backyard at the Island.
Race: Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Round: 16 of 18
Date/time: Sunday October 23, 4pm local
Circuit: Phillip Island: 12 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 27 laps
2015 podium: Marquez-Lorenzo-Iannone
Jack’s world championship results at Phillip Island
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, finished 15th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 8th, finished 1st
2013 (Moto3): qualified 10th, finished 5th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 23rd, finished 21st
2011 (125cc): qualified 28th, finished 23rd
Jack says: “I am really looking forward to going home and riding in front of my home crowd at Phillip Island. It will feel extra special this year going back as a MotoGP winner and I want to bounce back from what was a pretty difficult weekend in Japan. I love Phillip Island and hopefully we can find something in the bike that gives me a bit more confidence to push at the limit. I was fast there last season on the Open class bike and I go there determined to turn around what has been a pretty rough period in the season for me. There is always a bit of extra pressure when you race at home, but it is a cool feeling to know so many fans have come to watch you put on a show. It is pressure I thrive on and hopefully I can give the Australian crowd something to shout about.”
Hot spot: There’s so many to choose from at the Island, but we’ll settle for Turn 4, Honda Hairpin. As one of two slow corners on the track that are right-hand hairpins, there’s plenty of chance for a robust overtake – not to mention problems with a cold tyre on a cooling track late in Sunday’s race – that make Turn 4 one to watch.
Phillip Island fast fact: Last year’s epic MotoGP race at the Island featured 52 overtakes between the top four of Marquez, Lorenzo, Iannone and Rossi and 13 changes of the lead, the top four separated by 1.058secs at the finish.
Jack in the world championship: 18th with 42 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 24 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.