It’s back-to-back race weekends for Jack as MotoGP makes its second Spanish stop for the season.
Race: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Round: 7 of 18
Date/time: Sunday June 11, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: 16 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.7km, 25 laps
2016 podium: Rossi-Marquez-Pedrosa
Jack’s world championship results at Catalunya
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 19th, finished 10th
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 21st, finished 11th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 9th, finished 4th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 8th, finished 7th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 24th, did not finish
Preview: It’s two races in as many weekends for Jack and the MotoGP paddock, with Sunday’s race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya coming just seven days after round six of the season at Mugello. Jack struggled with the right hand and, to a lesser extent, right knee injuries suffered in his brutal practice crash at Le Mans last weekend, and those injuries kept him out of the Barcelona test that immediately followed the French GP. Jack’s record at Catalunya is strong; his first MotoGP top-10 finish came here a year ago, while 11th in 2015 was the best result of his first premier-class campaign. Jack has finished all five races he’s completed this year in the points, just keeping that record alive when he soldiered on to 15th in Italy last weekend.
Hot spot: It may not be a hot spot per se, but it will be the talking point of the weekend – the new chicane that features as part of the revamped final sector of the track from Turns 10-16, changed in the aftermath of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Moto2 rider Luis Salom last year. The left-hander at the end of the back straight (Turn 10) has been tightened considerably, while the new slow-speed chicane at the end of the lap from Turns 13-15 was criticised heavily by several riders at the recent MotoGP test. After the test, Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo said the changes “look like a sector made for Honda – they have a much shorter bike and the agility that they have is impressive.”
Catalunya fast fact: Spanish riders have won four of the past five races on their home track; the one exception is Valentino Rossi, who won last year for his most recent MotoGP victory.
Jack in the world championship: 12th with 30 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 12 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.