Jack returns to the scene of his best race result from his 2015 rookie campaign.
Race: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Round: 7 of 18
Date/time: Sunday June 5, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: 13 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.7km, 25 laps
2015 podium: Lorenzo-Rossi-Pedrosa
Jack’s world championship results at Catalunya
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 21st, finished 11th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 9th, finished 4th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 8th, finished 7th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 20th, finished 15th
Jack says: “The race didn’t finish like we wanted in Mugello, but I’ve got to take the positives out of a bad situation and I definitely think we found some improvement with my race pace in Italy. I can’t dwell too much on Mugello and I’ve got to forget about that and be fully concentrated on bouncing back with a strong performance in Barcelona. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. My European base is not too far away from Barcelona in Andorra, so it’s like a second home race for me. I really like the track and it seems to suit the Honda as well, and last year I had my best result in MotoGP, so that also gives me confidence.”
Hot spots: Turn 5, the downhill left-hander where riders can spring a late ambush down the inside, and Turn 10 at the end of the back straight, where plenty of passing gets attempted.
Catalunya fast fact: Spanish riders have dominated at their home round in recent years – the last race weekend in Catalunya without a Spanish victor across any of the three classes came in 2002, when Manuel Poggiali (San Marino, 125cc), Marco Melandri (Italy, 250cc) and Valentino Rossi (Italy, in the first year of the MotoGP era) won the three Grands Prix.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 6 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photo courtesy of Marc VDS.