Jack’s looking to make his mark at Honda’s home circuit at Motegi.
Race: Motul Grand Prix of Japan
Round: 15 of 18
Date/time: Sunday October 16, 2pm local (4pm AEST)
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.8km, 24 laps
2015 podium: Pedrosa-Rossi-Lorenzo
Jack’s world championship results at Motegi
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 22nd, did not finish
2014 (Moto3): qualified 5th, finished 5th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 5th, finished 6th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 22nd, finished 19th
2011 (125cc): qualified 26th, finished 16th
Jack says: “It’s always tough to miss a race through injury and I’ve missed a few recently, but I’m positive all will be good for Motegi this weekend. Missing Aragon was the correct decision because the fracture in my hand wasn’t fully healed, so I would only have made things worse by racing there. Since Aragon I’ve been home in Australia working hard to get back to full fitness. Most of the training has been on the bicycle, but I also spent the last three days out on the water with the jet ski, which was fun. The hand is much improved and I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend in Motegi.”
Jack’s social post
Hot spot: Turns 11, the 90-Degree Corner, which is (funnily enough) what it says. Downhill and at the end of the fastest straight on the track, the temptation for passing comes with the risk of a deep gravel trap on the outside that can ruin a qualifying lap or end a race in an instant. It’s Motegi’s best passing spot – and a notorious black spot for accidents.
Motegi fast fact: At two stages in the 4.8km lap, the circuit runs through a tunnel beneath the oval circuit that was formerly a home for the IndyCar series.
Jack in the world championship: 17th with 42 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 17 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.