With three top-four finishes this year putting the wind in his sails, is this the year Jack finally puts his Mugello demons to rest?
Race: Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley
Round: 6 of 19
Date/time: Sunday June 2, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit: Mugello: 15 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.2km, 23 laps
2018 podium: Lorenzo-Dovizioso-Rossi
Jack’s world championship results at Mugello
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 11th, did not finish
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: The location is magnificent, the circuit awesome, the crowd enormous, the atmosphere memorable. Jack’s record at Mugello is nowhere close to any of those adjectives, but if there was ever a year to right the wrongs of visits past to one of the highlights of the MotoGP annual world tour, this is it. Even from the Moto3 days, Mugello and Miller haven’t gone well together; overall, in seven starts, Jack has just two points finishes and twice as many DNF’s – and in MotoGP, 15th and one point two years ago is as good as things have got. Last year, Jack made Q2 for the first time at Mugello, but was out on just his second lap after a crash at Turn 4. There’s plenty of cause for optimism that this year is the one that produces a turnaround, with Jack on a factory-spec GP19 machine at Ducati’s home race, and with him sitting in a strong sixth place in the world championship with 42 points, his three 2019 race finishes to date all being inside the top four. Before heading to Italy, Jack kept his eye in with a one-day test of Ducati’s Panigale V4 R Superbike at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in between the Le Mans and Mugello weekends.
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Had an awesome day on the V4R around Barcelona amazing potential from a street bike😬 so much fun heading to the track with the van loaded up rolling it out doing tire pressures fuel changing pads just like old times makes me appreciate having a great team around me even more thanks Tomas for being crew Cheif💪🏼
Jack says: “I’ve had a shocker at Mugello all the times I’ve been there with MotoGP – only one point so far in four years. The speed was there last year but I managed to come off pretty early in the race, so this time we have to fix that – and I’m pretty confident based on what we’ve done so far that this is the year I can do that.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday June 3 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing