Jack heads to Motegi for the first leg of the back-to-back-to-back flyways that starts the final part of the season.
Race: Motul Grand Prix of Japan
Round: 16 of 19
Date/time: Sunday October 21, 2pm local (4pm AEST)
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi: 14 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.8km, 24 laps
2017 podium: Dovizioso-Marquez-Petrucci
Jack’s world championship results in Japan
2017 (MotoGP): did not compete
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 14th, did not finish
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’s preview: Jack makes the short (relatively speaking, by Australian standards) trip from Queensland to Tokyo and then up to Motegi for the first leg of this year’s three-way flyaways series that also takes in Australia and Malaysia, with three races in as many weekends. Jack spent much of the break between the previous race at Buriram in Thailand and flying across to Tokyo back at home in Townsville, a rare trip to Australia during the season, and will make a brief stop back there before heading to Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix next week. First up, though, comes a chance to get a long-overdue result in Japan, where Jack is yet to finish in two previous MotoGP outings (he missed last year’s race at Motegi after fracturing his right leg in a training accident). Motegi’s succession of long straights into heavy braking zones and slow corners is a very particular layout, and one Jack is yet to get on top of in the premier class; it’s one of just three circuits (Red Bull Ring in Austria and Silverstone in the UK being the others) where he hasn’t scored a point in multiple outings. Jack has 74 points and sits 12th in the 2018 standings, and says his goal by the end of the year is 100 points, meaning a strong result this weekend is a must if he’s to take momentum into three races where he did well last year, at Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia.
Jack says: “I’ve got some good speed back the past two or three races and we’re leading into tracks that I like and have done well at, so I’m looking forward to getting to them on the Ducati for the first time.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 22 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing