Jack’s aiming for a first MotoGP points finish at Silverstone as all eyes turn to the English skies …

Race: GoPro British Grand Prix
Round: 12 of 19
Date/time: Sunday August 25, 1pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit:
Silverstone: 18 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps:
5.9km, 20 laps
2018 podium:
Race cancelled

Jack’s world championship results at Silverstone
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 9th, race cancelled
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, finished 16th
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

Jack’s preview: One step into the unknown, another hopefully away from the direction of a familiar outcome; that’s this year’s British Grand Prix for MotoGP per se in the former, and for Jack in the latter as he seeks a first world championship point at the famed former World War II airfield. Jack couldn’t be blamed for his non-score 12 months ago; the English summer, a tenuous combination of words at any time, dumped rain all over Silverstone all race day Sunday last year, poor drainage of the circuit causing all three world championship class races to be abandoned. With a new track surface for this year and a weather forecast that reads as fine and early 20-degree ambient temperatures across all three days, this year’s British GP really will be an adventure for all of the teams and riders at a circuit that has a habit of throwing up unpredictable results; the past four races at Silverstone from 2015-18 were won by four different riders from four different factories. Jack was on course to snap his streak of Silverstone outs last year when he qualified ninth after finishing inside the top 10 on the timesheets in every session, but the cancellation of the race saw his 16th places in 2016 and ’17 remain the best of a mostly bad British lot. Sixth in 2014, his final Moto3 season, is his best world championship result in England, while much of the build-up this week is sure to focus on his newly-signed contract with Pramac Racing, which will extend his stay on a Ducati to three seasons come 2020. Jack comes to the UK in eighth place overall and second in the Independent Team Rider standings; he’s six points behind star rookie (and dirt track companion) Fabio Quartararo in both tables.

Jack says: “We’ve heard some decent reviews about the asphalt so I’m looking forward to getting out there. It’s not the best track for me to be honest, I always hated it until last year (but) with the new asphalt it was like a different track and I loved it.”

Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday August 26 for a report of Jack’s race.

Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing