Part one of the Asian triple-header takes place at a track where Jack’s results can only go up …

Race: Motul Grand Prix of Japan
Round: 16 of 19 
Date/time: Sunday October 20, 3pm local (5pm AEDT)
Twin Ring Motegi: 14 corners, clockwise
4.8km, 24 laps
2018 podium:

Jack’s world championship results in Japan
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 3rd, did not finish
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: There’s bogey tracks, and then there’s Motegi for Jack; remarkably, in what is his fifth MotoGP campaign, Jack has never even finished a race at the remote Japanese circuit, and it’s the only track to feature on the calendar for his entire MotoGP tenure where he’s never troubled the points-scorers. It’s a streak that’s crying out to be broken, and for Jack, priority number one will be to see the chequered flag after 24 laps on Sunday. He’s scored points in all 11 race finishes this season, even managing to claw his way back to 14th last time out in Thailand after inadvertently turning his Ducati off on the starting grid when he was on the outside of the second row in sixth place, eventually starting from pit lane. Last year looked set to snap Jack’s run of Japanese outs after he qualified a brilliant third, and while he couldn’t maintain that front-running pace in the race, he was in eighth place and destined for a top-10 result before he fell on lap 11. Motegi represents the first of the triple-header that sees the finish line to the season approach with a rush, Jack basing himself in Townsville for the Japan-Australia-Malaysia triumvirate of races before the season wraps up in Valencia in mid-November. Jack has 119 points ahead of Motegi to sit eighth overall, and he’s now 24 behind Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo with four races left as he attempts to finish as the highest-placed satellite team rider this season.

Check back with on Monday October 21 for a report of Jack’s race.

Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing