The good? Jack’s form. The bad? His Mugello record. Something has to give this weekend …
Race: Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley
Round: 6 of 19
Date/time: Sunday June 3, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Mugello: 15 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.2km, 23 laps
2017 podium: Dovizioso-Vinales-Petrucci
Jack’s world championship results at Mugello
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 19th, finished 15th
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, did not finish
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 23rd, did not finish
2014 (Moto3): qualified 2nd, did not finish
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 10th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 25th, finished 21st
Jack’s preview: Three premier-class visits to Mugello for one point; there’s not a lot in the history books that suggests Jack or his increasing number of fans should get too excited about for this week’s race in Italy, but that was then; this season, Jack has made a habit of banishing the bad memories from a number of Grands Prix where results have been hard to come by in the past, and he arrives at the atmospheric Tuscan circuit on a run of eight-straight top-10 finishes. Fourth in France last time out matched his best dry-weather result achieved in Argentina earlier this year, and Jack is just 10 points off second-placed Maverick Vinales in the championship with 49 points, sitting sixth after five races. Riding a Ducati on the manufacturer’s home soil and with speculation continuing to swirl about the identity of Andrea Dovizioso’s teammate at the factory squad next year, expect Jack to get plenty of attention this weekend – and hopefully snap that run of outs at what is always one of the season’s best spectacles.
Jack’s Mugello highlight: A single point for 15th last year is the best things have been in the top flight, while in Moto3, his one points finish came in 2013 when he was 10th after starting from fourth behind future MotoGP rivals Jonas Folger, Vinales and Alex Rins.
Jack says: “I’m really excited for Mugello, after a great Spanish GP and French GP it’s nice to come here with some good shape and form. I feel we’re coming closer to the front step by step and we’ve seen in the past that the GP17 has worked well at this track so I’m looking forward to trying to do my best and bring the bike home – hopefully in the top five.” (from motogp.com)
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 4 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.