It’s the final race before the mid-season break, and one at the German circuit where Jack has typically shone.
Race: GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Round: 9 of 18
Date/time: Sunday July 2, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Sachsenring: 13 corners, clockwise, then anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 3.7km, 30 laps
2016 podium: Marquez-Crutchlow-Dovizioso
Jack’s world championship results at Sachsenring
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, finished 7th
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
Preview: The final race before MotoGP’s mid-season break is a return to where it all began for Jack on the world championship stage – he made his 125cc debut at the Sachsenring six years ago for RZT Racing, but lasted only three laps. Since then, the undulating German circuit has been a good one for Jack – his first standout world championship showing came in 2012 when he qualified and finished fourth in a race in tricky conditions, while he won from pole in Moto3 in 2014. Last year’s seventh place in – you guessed it – wet conditions was the second-best result of his 2016 season besides that famous win at Assen one race earlier. Jack returns to Germany off his best result so far this season last Sunday at the Dutch TT, where he finished sixth. Long-range forecasts have the majority of this year’s Sachsenring event being held in cold and wet conditions …
Hot spot: At a circuit that seems to be forever turning left, the notorious Turn 11 ‘Waterfall’ corner provides spectacular pictures for its steep plunge downhill, and is treacherous for the riders, who turn in on the right side of the tyre that has lost temperature after the seven consecutive left-hand corners that precede it. Add cooler track temperatures that will likely feature this weekend, and drama is almost guaranteed.
Sachsenring fast fact: We’ll go with two – one being that the Sachsenring is the shortest (3.7km) circuit of the year with the most race laps (30, along with Valencia), and secondly that, remarkably, Marc Marquez has won for the past seven years at the Sachsenring, the past four in MotoGP, and all four from pole position.
Jack in the world championship: 11th with 40 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday July 3 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.