After his slip-up in Italy, Jack is itching to shine at the second race in Spain this season.
Race: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Round: 7 of 19
Date/time: Sunday June 17, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: 13 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.7km, 24 laps
2017 podium: Dovizioso-Marquez-Pedrosa
Jack’s world championship results at Catalunya
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, did not finish
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
Jack’s preview: After his run of eight consecutive top-10 finishes came to a dusty halt in Italy following a lap two crash, Jack is especially keen to get to Barcelona for this weekend’s seventh round of the season, at a circuit where he’s mostly enjoyed strong results. Notice we said ‘mostly’; the searing temperatures on race day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 12 months ago made the surface akin to a skating rink, and Jack squandered a strong start when he crashed out at Turn 5 just after the halfway stage. Barcelona is a whole new ballgame for Jack and his peers this year; the circuit layout has been altered in the final sector, the race distance has been reduced from 25 to 24 laps, and the track was resurfaced over the off-season, eliminating many of the bumps that made it so treacherous a year ago. A host of MotoGP riders got a taste for the new surface after the French GP late last month, but Jack and his Alma Pramac Racing Team bypassed the two-day test, meaning he’ll have some work to do to get up to speed from Friday onwards. Lap times at the test suggested the resurfaced layout should make the circuit one to one-and-a-half seconds faster than its previous iteration. Jack’s first aim will be to make Q2, as he’s never advanced to the second phase of qualifying in three previous premier-class races at the circuit.
Jack’s Catalunya highlight: Tenth in 2016 on a Honda was, at the time, Jack’s best MotoGP result in any race; that of course changed dramatically in the next Grand Prix at Assen, when he took his sole MotoGP win to date.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 18 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing