Jack is hoping to keep his roll going at a new circuit on this year’s calendar.
Race: NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich
Round: 10 of 18
Date/time: Sunday August 14, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Red Bull Ring: 10 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.3km, 28 laps
2015 podium: N/A (Austrian GP last held in 1997)
Jack’s world championship results in Austria
Jack says: “After a relaxing summer break I’m raring to get started again in Austria and build on the performances of the three previous races. I ended the first half of the season really strongly, so it will be important to keep the momentum going. It was nice to try the track out in Austria before this weekend at the recent test and I was able to put in a really strong race rhythm there. We need to wait to see what the tyre allocation is from Michelin but tyre life at the test was not an issue for me. It will be an interesting race because it is a horsepower track. That might help the red bike (Ducati) a little more than our package, but like always I’m ready and motivated to give it a good go. This is the first race this year that I am going into with a lot of confidence and at 100 per cent fitness with a good feeling on the bike, so I’m really keen to get going again.”
Hot spots: Look out for Turn 3 (Remus), the big braking zone into the right-hander at the top of the hill after a long straight, and Turn 4 (Rauch), where the straight that runs across the top of the circuit ends at a tight right-hander that’s slightly downhill and has little run off on the outside. Other than on the brakes at the uphill Turn 1, these two corners loom as the best overtaking spots on the track.
Red Bull Ring fast fact: Jack is one of the few riders to have experienced the circuit in race conditions, as it was part of the 2011 German 125cc championship calendar before he became a full-time participant in the world championship. On the podium in the 125cc world championship the last time Austria was on the calendar 19 years ago? An 18-year-old named Valentino Rossi …
Jack in the world championship: 13th with 42 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 15 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.