Jack’s back from the break and ready to make a MotoGP mark at one of the season’s most popular rounds.
Race: Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky
Round: 10 of 19
Date/time: Sunday August 5, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.4km, 21 laps
2017 podium: Marquez-Pedrosa-Vinales
Jack’s world championship results at Brno
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, finished 14th
2016 (MotoGP): Did not compete
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 22nd, finished 19th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 6th, finished 5th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 7th
Jack’s preview: 2018 awakens from its mid-season slumber with one of the biggest rounds of the season for spectators, in the Czech Republic this Sunday, ahead of a back-to-back with the Red Bull Ring in Austria next weekend. Jack spent part of his two weeks away from the racetrack at … a racetrack, as part of World Ducati Week at Misano the weekend after the most recent race in Germany. The undulating Brno circuit is one most riders like, but Jack hasn’t translated that enjoyment to results in the premier class just yet, last year’s 14th place from 15th on the grid his sole points result so far. Last year’s race was a flag-to-flag affair, Jack pitting at the end of lap two to discard his wet tyres for slicks, and running inside the top 10 for a time before being overhauled as the circuit dried out. Tempering Jack’s optimism for this weekend is that Brno has typically been a track that has been difficult for Ducati; Honda has won the past seven races there. Expect a massive crowd, if last year’s race-day attendance of 87,541 is any indication …
Jack’s Brno highlight: Let’s hope this Sunday produces it, as there’s not been a lot to get excited about so far in the top flight, and Jack missed the 2016 race altogether after suffering back and right wrist injuries following a fall in Sunday morning warm-up for the Austrian round a week earlier. In Moto3, Jack was part of an enormous train of bikes at the front in the 2014 event, finishing 0.217secs behind race-winner Alexis Masbou in fifth in a top 10 that was separated by barely one second.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 6 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing