The third race in as many weekends has Jack back at the site of a comeback ride 12 months ago.
Race: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
Round: 18 of 19
Date/time: Sunday November 4, 3pm local (6pm AEDT)
Circuit: Sepang: 15 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.5km, 20 laps
2017 podium: Dovizioso-Lorenzo-Zarco
Jack’s world championship results in Malaysia
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 11th, finished 8th
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
Jack’s preview: Jack heads from home shores to Sepang after one of his more convincing races of 2018 at Phillip Island. In finishing seventh last Sunday, Jack was just 6.7secs behind the race-winner (Maverick Vinales), the third-closest margin he’s had to the victor of a race all year (he was 4.3secs behind Cal Crutchlow in Argentina, and 6.3secs behind Marc Marquez in France, both fourth-place results). He’ll be hoping for a repeat of last year too; also seventh at home 12 months ago, Jack finished eighth at Sepang after being 13th on the second lap as part of a strong end to his time on a Honda before switching to Alma Pramac Racing and Ducati. Ducati (with Andrea Dovizioso) have won the past two Malaysian Grands Prix, while the track has been good to Jack in the past; 2015 is the only time in his past five visits that he hasn’t finished in the points, while he had a pole and a podium at Sepang in his final Moto3 season of 2014.
Jack says: “It was nice to get back into the top 10 after Japan at the Island, and I’m look forward to taking this momentum to Malaysia, a track where we’ve been in testing. I’m looking forward to comparing where we were in testing to now on the Ducati.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday November 5 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing