Jack tackles the shortest and most unique circuit of the year on a Ducati for the first time.
Race: Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Round: 9 of 19
Date/time: Sunday July 15, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Sachsenring: 13 corners, clockwise, then anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 3.7km, 30 laps
2017 podium: Marquez-Folger-Pedrosa
Jack’s world championship results at the Sachsenring
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 13th, finished 15th
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
Jack’s preview: After the high-speed sweeps and flatness of Assen comes a track that couldn’t be more different; the Sachsenring is the shortest circuit of the year at just 3.7km, has the most race laps of the season (30), and features a seemingly endless number of undulating left-hand turns, making this a peculiar track that leads to peculiar results – everywhere but up the front. Marc Marquez has won this Grand Prix for Honda the past five years, meaning the rest of the field is likely to be in a chase for second place behind the world championship leader. Jack has enjoyed success and strong results here in the past – he won the Moto3 race here in 2014 from pole by 0.180secs from Brad Binder, while the first of his 111 Grand Prix starts to date came here back in 2011 in the 125cc category. The bigger bikes have shown some flashes too, Jack finishing a strong seventh after leading the race for two laps in a wet-dry event in 2016, but last year was harder, Jack just holding off Mika Kallio’s KTM to claim the final world championship point in 15th. He’s never made it through to Q2 at the Sachsenring, so priority one is to achieve what he has in five of his first eight races on a Ducati and get through to the final 10 on the combined practice timesheets. Sachsenring has tended to be a tough circuit for the Ducati to stretch its legs; third for Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati two years ago is the manufacturer’s sole top-three result from the past five German Grands Prix.
Jack’s Sachsenring highlight: Returning to the circuit where you made your world championship debut is always significant, as is coming back to a track where you’ve had one of your nine GP wins. But 2016, when he led a premier-class race for just the second time, is Jack’s surely most significant achievement at the Sachsenring so far.
Jack says: “To finish the race at Assen was good after Barcelona and Mugello … we started the season so well and it seemed it was going really well. So it was nice to cross the line but also a bit painful to watch that awesome battle going on ahead and to not be a part of it, like a carrot dangling in front. I’m looking forward to this weekend and I’ve gone well here in the past but on a MotoGP bike it’s a different story, it’s tight and technical and I’m looking forward to riding the Ducati here. We just have to attack it the right way.” (from motogp.com)
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday July 16 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing