MotoGP’s triple-header moves to Malaysia for the penultimate race of the 2017 season.
Race: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
Round: 17 of 18
Date/time: Sunday October 29, 3pm local (6pm AEDT)
Circuit: Sepang: 15 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.5km, 20 laps
2016 podium: Dovizioso-Rossi-Lorenzo
Jack’s world championship results in Malaysia
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 14th, finished 8th
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, finished 17th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 2nd
2013 (Moto3): qualified 7th, finished 6th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 19th, finished 13th
2011 (125cc): qualified 26th, finished 16th
Preview: A week after Jack’s home race in the cold and rainy conditions of Phillip Island comes Sepang, a challenge at the other end of the temperature scale – and one that can come with tropical rain at a level no other venue in the world championship can provide. Jack has shone through the spray in Malaysia in the past, including last year when he finished eighth, and was edged by Efren Vasquez by 0.2 seconds for the victory in Moto3 in 2014 after starting from pole. While seventh in Australia last Sunday wasn’t Jack’s best result of the year – he was sixth earlier this season at Assen and Misano – the five-second deficit to race-winner Marc Marquez was the closest he’s been to the front after any race this season. Jack has already ridden at Sepang this year, taking part in MotoGP’s three-day test in January/February, a best lap time of 2:00.439 on the final day faster than anything he’d managed in the Grand Prix weekend last October.
Hot spot: Turn 15, the final corner at the end of the back straight before the riders sweep left to attack the pit straight, was heavily revised between the 2015 and ’16 races, the corner turned into a multi-line off-camber turn that caught many riders out. Also, the uphill right-angle Turn 4 is a place where plenty of passing gets done, especially in the early laps.
Sepang fast fact: At 5.5km, Sepang is the second-longest track on this year’s calendar (Silverstone at 5.9km is the longest), with both races being held over just 20 laps, fewer laps than any other Grand Prix.
Jack in the world championship: 12th with 65 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 30 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.