A packed calendar of 10 races in 15 weeks to end the 2019 season starts for Jack at Brno.
Race: Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske republiky
Round: 10 of 19
Date/time: Sunday August 4, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.4km, 21 laps
2018 podium: Dovizioso-Lorenzo-Marquez
Jack’s world championship results at Brno
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, finished 12th
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, finished 14th
2016 (MotoGP): Did not compete (injured)
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 22nd, finished 19th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 6th, finished 5th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 7th
Jack’s preview: The end of the season comes thick and fast for MotoGP this year, with the final 10 races of the campaign coming in a rush, culminating in the finale at Valencia on November 17. Brno forms part of a back-to-back with Austria the next weekend to kick things off, and Jack spent the (northern hemisphere) summer break back home in Townsville with family and friends, while putting in plenty of cycling kilometres to prepare for the busy schedule ahead. It’s been a strong first half of 2019 for Jack, with him seventh in the championship overall and as the leading independent rider after nine races. He has two points finishes in three MotoGP starts at the undulating Brno layout, but has scored a grand total of six points, showing that this is a track where there’s room for improvement. Jack missed the 2016 Brno race altogether after back and wrist injuries from a crash in Austria the week earlier, while last year’s 12th was his best big-bike showing yet. All but one of his six race finishes this season to date have been inside the top six, meaning good points should be the aim for Jack and Ducati at a track where Andrea Dovizioso broke a seven-year run of Honda victories a year ago, ‘Dovi’ heading home then-teammate Jorge Lorenzo in a Ducati 1-2.
Jack says: “It was definitely nice to get home and take things nice and quiet for a couple of weeks. I got to the break in a better position than I’ve been in before and with more points; the main goal from here is to stay as first independent (rider in the championship). It’ll be hard because I’ve got Cal (Crutchlow) and Fabio (Quartararo) to deal with, but that’s the goal. Championship-wise, top six is a reasonable shout.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 5 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing