After missing Misano last year, Jack’s keen to get back on track as MotoGP heads to the Adriatic Coast.

Race: Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Round: 13 of 18
Date/time: Sunday September 10, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: 16 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.2km, 28 laps
2016 podium: Pedrosa-Rossi-Lorenzo

Jack’s world championship results at Misano
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, did not start

2015 (MotoGP): qualified 17th, finished 12th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 3rd
2013 (Moto3): qualified 11th, finished 5th
2012 (Moto3): qualified 21st, did not finish
2011 (Moto3): qualified 30th, finished 24th

Preview: MotoGP’s annual visit to the Adriatic Coast this year will be one with a difference, and not one anyone associated with MotoGP would have wanted; Valentino Rossi will be missing from his home race after breaking his right leg in a motocross accident after the British GP, meaning the hordes of yellow-clad fans may well be down in numbers this year. For Jack, Misano last year came at a time when he was struggling with injuries from his Sunday warm-up crash in Austria, and while he qualified 17th for the race, he withdrew on Sunday morning when pain from his injured right hand became too much. Misano has produced a pole (2014 in Moto3), a podium (third the same year) and premier-class points (2015) for Jack, who will be looking for a solid score to get a season that started so promisingly back on track. After 40 points in the opening eight races of 2017, he’s managed just three in the past four. Keep an eye out for a slight change to the livery on Jack’s bike this weekend, as the Honda RC213V’s of Jack and teammate Tito Rabat will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elf, a long-time sponsor of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team.

Jack says: “I’m looking forward to Misano, it’s a track I like and one at which I hope we can recover from the slump we’ve been in since returning to action after the summer break. The track is a little bit different to Brno, Austria and Silverstone and I think it’s one that will suit our Honda RC213V better. There is one long acceleration but the rest of the track plays to the Honda’s strengths and we need to take advantage of that this weekend. The last few races have been tough, but we’ll come out fighting again this weekend.”

Hot spot: Quercia, the left-hander at the end of the back straight (Turn 8) can be manic in the early laps, while Carro (Turn 12) is often the site of a late-lap attack before the two left-handers that lead the riders back onto the relatively short start-finish straight.

Misano fast fact: The MotoGP world championship has never been tighter after 12 races as the riders arrive at Misano; only 35 points separate first (Andrea Dovizioso) from fifth (Dani Pedrosa) in the standings with just one-third of the season remaining.

Jack in the world championship: 14th with 43 points.

Check back with on Monday September 11 for a report of Jack’s race.

Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.