Jack’s ready to put on another show at home after strong performances at Phillip Island the past two years.
Race: Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Round: 17 of 19
Date/time: Sunday October 28, 4pm AEDT
Circuit: Phillip Island: 12 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 27 laps
2017 podium: Marquez-Rossi-Vinales
Jack’s world championship results in Australia
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 5th, finished 7th
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 5th, finished 10th
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’s preview: This is the one Jack has been waiting for – his home race at Phillip Island, and a chance to see family and friends while riding in front of his fans on one of the world’s great racetracks. It’s a track that has provided its fair share of highlights for Jack over the years – he qualified what was, to that stage, an equal career-best fifth here last year and led for the first four laps of the race before finishing seventh. He’s finished in the points in all three premier-class outings at the Island (Germany and Austin are the only other races where he has a 100 per cent points record from more than one start), while he won a memorable race in Moto3 at home in 2014. Converting qualifying into a strong result, as he did last year, will be the priority after Jack started from the front row last weekend in Japan, but crashed out after 11 laps. That came after an early tumble at Misano saw him finish 18th from second on the grid four races ago, so carrying his Saturday pace into Sunday is the target. If his home form carries on, Jack is a good chance to surpass the 82 points he scored in last year’s championship, his best year yet; he’s on 74 points this season with three races remaining, and is 13th in the standings.
Jack says: “Leading here last year … it was exciting. I’ll take what I learned with tyre consumption last year and use that knowledge this year, with tyre choice and the race strategy. Phillip Island is the type of track that puts the field on an equal level, and it’s nice to know the boys aren’t fighting for the world championship anymore, so you’re not really thinking of outside thoughts like that. This has always been a good weekend for me, from winning Moto3 in 2014 and then being the leading Open bike in 2015, and then leading last year. There’s always a lot of support for me and the pressure and expectations is good, I can’t wait to get out there.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 29 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing