The second half of the 2017 campaign kicks off at one of the very best circuits on the calendar.
Race: Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske republiky
Round: 10 of 18
Date/time: Sunday August 6, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.4km, 22 laps
2016 podium: Crutchlow-Rossi-Marquez
Jack’s world championship results at Brno
2016 (MotoGP): Did not compete
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 22nd, finished 19th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 6th, finished 5th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 7th
Preview: MotoGP makes its comeback after a five-week break this weekend at Brno, where a packed house typically awaits the riders in this motorcycle-mad part of the world. Relatively speaking, it hasn’t been that much of a break for Jack, who, either side of briefly heading home to Townsville for his brother Fergus’ wedding, practiced, qualified for and raced in the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour endurance event in Japan, where he finished fourth riding with Takumi Takahashi and Moto2 regular Takaaki Nakagami last weekend. Jack missed Brno last year after crashing in morning warm-up for the Austrian GP the previous Sunday, suffering hairline fractures in his back and to his right wrist, and scraped into the points in 15th last time out at the German Grand Prix in early July.
Jack says: “It’s been a busy four-week break. After Sachsenring I flew straight to Japan for five days of testing for the Suzuka 8 Hour, then it was home to Australia for my brother’s wedding before heading back to Japan for my first Endurance World Championship race. So a lot of riding during the break, but I’m fit and feeling good and now we’re here in Brno ready to race MotoGP again. The goal is to get the second half of the season started in the same way we started the first half, with some top-10 finishes and a good points haul.”
Hot spot: Turn 5, the downhill right-hander, and the Turn 13-14 chicane at the end of the lap are two of the prime passing points on the flowing Brno layout.
Brno fast fact: The first world championship event at Brno was held in 1965 over 13 laps of a 13.9km circuit that wound its way through the western parts of the city and nearby villages, with Mike Hailwood winning the first 500cc race in the former Czechoslovakia.
Jack in the world championship: 12th with 41 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 7 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.