Jack looks to shine at the Sachsenring after his maiden MotoGP win.
Race: GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Round: 9 of 18
Date/time: Sunday July 17, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Sachsenring: 13 corners, clockwise, then anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 3.7km, 30 laps
2015 podium: Marquez-Pedrosa-Rossi
Jack’s world championship results at Sachsenring
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 18th, finished 15th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 1st
2013 (Moto3): qualified 5th, finished 7th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 4th
2011 (125cc): qualified 26th, did not finish
Jack says: “Assen was like a dream come true for me, but we now we have to focus on being as competitive as possible this weekend in Germany. It is not going to be an easy weekend but it is a track I like and I’ve had some success on in the past. The encouraging thing for us as well is the Honda seems to work well at this track, so we have good reason to be optimistic. I’ve definitely got a little bit of extra confidence after the win in Assen and I’m sure we can be strong again.”
Hot spots: Where else but the feared ‘Waterfall’ corner, Turn 11? The downhill plunge behind the pits is taken in sixth gear and at north of 250km/h, and comes after seven successive left-handers, meaning the right side of the tyre has cooled down considerably in the lead-up to a corner where edge grip is critical. “You’re always holding your breath through there,” Jack admits.
Sachsenring fast fact: The tight and twisty Sachsenring layout produced the smallest-ever margin between the top four finishers in a MotoGP race 10 years ago, Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) leading a trio of Hondas (Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden and a rookie named Dani Pedrosa) across the line in 2006 after 30 breathless laps, the top four covered by 0.307 seconds.
Jack in the world championship: 13th with 33 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday July 18 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS and Red Bull Content Pool.