Jack’s chasing a strong result in Spain to hold off the horde of riders aiming at his sixth place in the standings.

Race: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Round: 7 of 19
Date/time: Sunday June 16, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: 14 corners, clockwise
4.6km, 24 laps
2018 podium:

Jack’s world championship results at Catalunya
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 13th, did not finish
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: The good news? Jack comes to round seven of the season in Barcelona averaging 14 points per race finish so far in 2019; the only other riders to average that (or better) are Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi. The no-so good news? Jack has finished just three of the six races to date, with his three DNF’s comfortably the most of the top 10 in the championship standings, and a number only surpassed on the entire grid by Pramac Racing teammate Pecco Bagnaia (four). Catalunya is the next chance for Jack to translate his 2019 pace into points, and to maintain sixth place in the championship ahead of a gaggle of five riders who closed to within Jack’s tally of 42 after his unfortunate fall when running in the front group last time out at Mugello. Jack has advanced directly to Q2 in five of the six Grands Prix so far this year; that’ll be priority number one this weekend, as he’s yet to qualify better than 13th (last year) in four MotoGP visits to the track. He’s not scored in Barcelona for the past two years, a technical issue seeing him retire seven laps from the finish a year ago, while he crashed on lap 14 while running inside the top 10 in 2017. Jack has ridden the 4.6km circuit just outside of Barcelona fairly recently; in late May, he cut some laps on a Ducati V4 Superbike at the Moto2/Moto3 test after the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. 

Jack says: “We’ve had six Grand Prix and pretty much every one except Jerez, I’ve been there fighting for the lead. I’ve just got to keep working like this, we missed eight laps (in Italy after he crashed). So, go out and work harder, and be a bit stronger in Barcelona.”

Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 17 for a report of Jack’s race.

Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing