Jack’s keen to atone for the disappointment of Brno in his first world championship start in Austria.
Race: NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich
Round: 11 of 18
Date/time: Sunday August 13, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Red Bull Ring: 10 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.3km, 28 laps
2016 podium: Iannone-Dovizioso-Lorenzo
Jack’s world championship results at the Red Bull Ring
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 20th, did not start
Preview: MotoGP is back in action this weekend just one week after the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, and Austria is uncharted territory for Jack – he didn’t start the MotoGP race there a year ago after a crash at Turn 8 in Sunday morning warm-up left him with back and right wrist injuries. The picturesque Red Bull Ring is located right in the heart of the Styrian Mountains, and is often likened to a go-kart track because of its fairly simple – on paper at least – layout, with four lengthy straights, plenty of elevation change and just three left-hand corners. Ducati dominated here a year ago, taking pole, the race win, fastest lap and the top two spots on the podium with factory riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. Jack has tested at the Red Bull Ring before, and raced there way back in 2011 when he was competing in the German 125cc championship before making his world championship debut that same year.
Hot spot: Turn 9, the downhill right-hander that leads riders on the short chute towards the downhill Turn 10, the final corner of the lap, caught a lot of riders out early in the weekend last year with front-end cold-tyre crashes.
Red Bull Ring fast fact: Aussie legend Mick Doohan is the only rider to have won the Austrian GP in the premier class at both of its world championship circuits; he won at the Salzburgring twice (1991 and 1994), and at the Red Bull Ring – then named the A1-Ring – in 1997, part of his run of 12 wins in the first 13 Grands Prix of that season.
Jack in the world championship: 12th with 43 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 14 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.