Jack returns to the scene of one of his finest wins at the famous French circuit.
Race: Monster Energy Grand Prix de France
Round: 5 of 18
Date/time: Sunday May 8, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Le Mans (Bugatti Circuit): 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.2km, 28 laps
2015 podium: Lorenzo-Rossi-Dovizioso
Jack’s world championship results at Le Mans
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 18th, did not finish
2014 (Moto3): qualified 2nd, finished 1st
2013 (Moto3): qualified 6th, finished 12th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 22nd, did not finish
Jack says: “I’m feeling good physically after another week to focus on getting my right ankle stronger. Le Mans doesn’t have as many right turns as Jerez, so I’m expecting this weekend to be a little easier on my leg. I’m still working hard on a daily basis to get the ankle better, but I am excited to get to Le Mans and improve where we left off at the end of the test in Jerez. We had a few things to test in Jerez and we’ll try and put together what we learned to find a good setting for Le Mans. I’m expecting to be more competitive than Jerez because cooler conditions seem to favour the Honda package a bit more, and traditionally the weather in Le Mans is known for being pretty cool.”
Memorable moment: Jack won six Grands Prix in his 2014 Moto3 runner-up season, but France may have been the most dramatic of them all, coming from seventh in the dying laps to win a race where the top nine finishers were separated by 1.5 seconds – and where he broke out his best breakdancing moves in a trackside gravel trap afterwards.
Watch for: Turns 3-4, the Dunlop chicane near the beginning of the lap. Coming after the ferociously fast turn one, the slightly uphill chicane is a notorious blackspot for accidents on the opening lap of races in all three classes.
Le Mans fast fact: The Bugatti circuit layout is located within the 13.6km Circuit de Sarthe track used for the famous Le Mans 24 Hours sports car endurance race held in June – the start-finish straight and Turns 1-5 are part of both layouts, as is the final corner.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday May 9 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photo courtesy of Marc VDS.