The final race before the summer break sees Jack return to where his world championship journey began at the Sachsenring.
Race: HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Round: 9 of 19
Date/time: Sunday July 7, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit: Sachsenring: 13 corners, clockwise, then anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 3.7km, 30 laps
2018 podium: Marquez-Rossi-Vinales
Jack’s world championship results at Sachsenring
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 14th, finished 14th
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 (Moto3): qualified 26th, did not finish
Jack’s preview: The final race before MotoGP takes a well-earned mid-season break sees Jack return to where it all began 129 world championship starts ago, the undulating Sachsenring in the old East Germany for round nine of the 19-round season. It was on Sunday July 17 in 2011 that Jack, on an Aprilia for RZT Racing and sporting number 73, lasted three laps before pulling into the pits and retiring after qualifying 26th in a 36-bike field; eight years later, he returns as a premier-class Grand Prix winner and a regular MotoGP front-runner, particularly this season. The most recent race last Sunday at Assen was the one time this year Jack hasn’t been in the leading group of the races he’s completed; he finished ninth after starting from 10th a week ago, calling the 26-lap race “the most boring of my life” as he had his lowest finish of the year, and dropped two spots in the world championship to eighth as a result. Jack’s had his high points at the twisty, undulating Sachsenring; he won there from pole in his final Moto3 season in 2014, and led the 2016 MotoGP race for a time in a flag-to-flag race where timing your pit stop for a bike swap became the determining factor. The past two years have yielded just three points combined, though, and the shortest track of the year with its seemingly never-ending succession of left-hand corners isn’t likely to suit Jack or any of the Ducati runners, given Casey Stoner was the last Ducati rider to triumph there in 2008. Mind you, nobody besides Marc Marquez has won the German Grand Prix since the Spaniard came into the sport in 2013 … Goal number one will be making Q2 for the first time at the Sachsenring on his fifth MotoGP visit; so far, Jack has been inside the top 10 on the combined practice timesheets six times in eight race weekends in 2019.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday July 8 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing