It’s finally here – Jack’s home GP, and a chance for a best MotoGP result yet at Phillip Island.
Race: Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Round: 17 of 19
Date/time: Sunday October 27, 3pm AEDT
Circuit: Phillip Island: 12 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 27 laps
2018 podium: Vinales-Iannone-Dovizioso
Jack’s world championship results in Australia
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 6th, finished 7th
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: A lot has happened since Jack raced at home 12 months ago; he’s built his MotoGP podium tally to four, thanks to third-place finishes at Austin, Brno and Aragon this season, and he’s already set a premier-class best tally of points (125) and sits inside the top 10 in the championship, coming into the third-last round of the campaign in eighth place overall. They’re two pre-season goals reached, but a strong result in front of his home fans is undoubtedly a target for Jack as he looks to wrap up his most complete season yet. Jack has finished seventh at home the past two years, leading for four laps on a Honda in 2017 before finishing 5.619secs behind race-winner Marc Marquez, and then for a lap last year before finishing in the same place, this time 6.756secs adrift of victor Maverick Vinales. In both races, there’s been a large gap between Jack at the rear of the leading group and the rest of the points-paying finishers, so converting that front-pack pace into something bigger will be a priority. Phillip Island is one of just four tracks (Austin, Sachsenring and Thailand being the others) where Jack has finished every race and inside the points in his MotoGP tenure, and he’s just 20 points behind Valentino Rossi for seventh place in the standings, giving him extra motivation for the final three races of 2019. One change from last year to this one is the start time for the race, brought forward an hour to 3pm local time to address concerns from the riders over the cooling track temperature that has caused plenty of late-race crashes on worn tyres over the years.
Jack says: “I think the podium is the main goal of ours this weekend and it’s an achievable goal. I’m excited, it’s a key Grand Prix of the season that I look forward to the most, and I can’t wait to get underway. We had some tyre issues in Japan but it wasn’t anything too bad and I’m feeling really confident. The bike has generally been a big improvement on last year, so I’m really excited to see how it goes around the Island.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 28 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing