Jack has seven top-10 results on the bounce, and looks primed to get on top of a track that has provided pleasure, but some pain as well.
Race: HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France
Round: 5 of 19
Date/time: Sunday May 20, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Le Mans (Bugatti Circuit): 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.2km, 27 laps
2017 podium: Vinales-Zarco-Pedrosa
Jack’s world championship results at Le Mans
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 11th, finished 8th
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 18th, did not finish
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’s preview: Jack arrives in France this week on a career-best run of seven-straight top-10 finishes, and with plenty of confidence after a strong showing at Jerez, where he finished sixth and less than 10 seconds off the win a fortnight ago at a circuit that hadn’t previously been kind to him. There’s been good and bad for Jack at Le Mans; his 2014 Moto3 win, where he emerged from a frantic pack to take the chequered flag first, was one of his very best in the lightweight class, while last year’s eighth place after a horrifying crash at Turn 3 in FP4 that left him with right knee and hand injuries was one of Jack’s bravest MotoGP performances, not to mention a very lucky escape from an accident that could have ended far worse. Last year was Jack’s sole finish in three premier-class outings at Le Mans, and every time he’s finished in France, he’s scored points.
What’s Jack posting on Instagram?
Sounds like someone’s keen to get into it in France …
Jack’s Le Mans highlight: Simply walking away from the accident that spat him at the Turn 3 fence a year ago was a victory of sorts, but his 2014 Moto3 win, complete with spontaneous breakdancing in front of the French fans on the in-lap, takes the cake here.
Jack says: “Everything feels pretty good, we had a solid little test on the Monday after Jerez and found some rear grip, so I’m hoping that’s going to improve here, especially in the race. Making passes should be a little bit easier. I’m looking forward to getting out here, it’s a track I’ve normally done well at in the past and a track I like a lot. I think it should suit the Ducati well too, with the braking and accelerating.” (from motogp.com)
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday May 21 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.