Jack’s hoping for a great British turnaround as MotoGP makes its annual visit to the home of UK motorsport.
Race: Octo British Grand Prix
Round: 12 of 18
Date/time: Sunday August 27, 3.30pm local (12.30am Mon August 28 AEST)
Circuit: Silverstone: 18 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.9km, 20 laps
2016 podium: Vinales-Crutchlow-Rossi
Jack’s world championship results at Silverstone
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 12th, finished 16th
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 16th, did not finish
2014 (Moto3): qualified 8th, finished 6th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 7th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 24th, did not finish
Preview: The former World War II airfield of Silverstone plays host to round 12 of the season this weekend, and at a circuit where he’s yet to score a point in two MotoGP visits, Jack is keen for a change of fortune – after scoring 40 points in the first eight races of the year, he’s managed just three in the past three, including a non-finish last time out in Austria. Jack’s strong start to the 2015 MotoGP Silverstone race in teeming rain – and his crash with then-teammate Cal Crutchlow – remains his biggest headline in the premier class in the UK, while last year, he made it through to Q2 for the first time in his MotoGP career while battling under braking thanks to a fracture to his right hand sustained in Austria two races previously.
Jack says: “The build-up to Silverstone last year wasn’t ideal, as I was still struggling with the injury I picked up in Austria. This year I head to England fully fit and feeling good after a week spent training in Andorra. It’s the first time I’ve been back here since I left for the Dutch TT in June, and it’s been good to get out on the bicycle and do some proper training. We need to get the season back on track at the British Grand Prix after two difficult races in the Czech Republic and Austria. We started the season finishing regularly inside the top 10 and that’s where we need to be again this weekend.”
Hot spot: Vale, the chicane at Turns 8-9 of the lap, remains the best passing spot on the circuit, while the fearsome change of direction between Maggotts and Becketts through to Chapel (Turns 2-6) is a big challenge, especially with the crosswind that typically blows hard across the flat airfield.
Silverstone fast fact: Silverstone returned to the calendar in 2010 after being on the schedule between 1977-86; Donington Park hosted the British Grand Prix for 22 years before its return to the Northamptonshire circuit.
Jack in the world championship: 13th with 43 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 28 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.