Jack’s looking to turn the tide at the Red Bull Ring just a week after his superb podium finish at Brno.
Race: myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich
Round: 11 of 19
Date/time: Sunday August 11, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit: Red Bull Ring: 10 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.3km, 28 laps
2018 podium: Lorenzo-Marquez-Dovizioso
Jack’s world championship results in Austria
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 18th, finished 18th
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 19th, did not finish
2016 (MotoGP): Did not compete (injured)
Jack’s preview: Just a week after his superbly-judged third-place finish at Brno last Sunday in the Czech Republic Grand Prix, Jack arrives in the Styrian Mountains in Austria on a high – and with a score to settle with the high-speed track that’s surrounded by arguably the prettiest backdrop in MotoGP. Forget slim pickings; Jack has never even scored a world championship point in Austria, missing MotoGP’s return to the country in 2016 after a fall in Sunday morning warm-up, crashing out in 2017 and fading to 18th 12 months ago. Silverstone and Motegi are the only other circuits on this year’s calendar where Jack is yet to trouble the scorers, but he’ll be confident of reversing that run of outs after Brno, where he and the Ducati were inside the top three in nearly every session across the weekend, culminating in his second podium this season in the 20-lap race. History suggests he’s riding the bike to be on this weekend too, with Ducati taking all three victories (with three different riders – Andrea Iannone, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo) since the event came back onto the schedule. A new high-water mark is looming for Jack; with 86 points after the first 10 races of the year, he’s a 10th-place finish or better away from surpassing his season-best tally of 91 points, set last year, and there’s still nine races remaining. He’s just five points behind Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, who sits fifth overall in the championship.
Jack says: “There was no better way to kick off the second half of the season than being on the podium … it was a real podium this time. (Austria) is not a track I’ve normally gone well at, but neither was here (Brno). We seem to be turning a lot of things around this year so hopefully we’ll be able to go there, normally the bike works pretty good. We’ll have the updated fairing for that race so I’m excited.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 12 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing