Jack’s ready to repeat last year’s strong showing at Misano after the Silverstone wash-out.
Race: Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Round: 13 of 19
Date/time: Sunday September 9, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: 16 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.2km, 27 laps
2017 podium: Marquez-Petrucci-Dovizioso
Jack’s world championship results at Misano
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 14th, finished 6th
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
Jack’s preview: It’s been a month between races for Jack and the rest of the MotoGP paddock after the wash-out at Silverstone a fortnight ago, when the weather gods conspired against Jack continuing a strong weekend where he’d finished inside the top 10 in every on-track session. Speaking of strong, Jack was in top form the last time MotoGP ventured to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli; in poor weather, he took his Marc VDS Honda to sixth place to equal his best result of 2017 (he also finished sixth at Assen). Jack has already spent some time at Misano this season as part of World Ducati Week celebrations in late July, and comes to the second-last race before the flyaways after a one-day test for the Alma Pramac Ducati team at Aragon last Wednesday. He’s had a pole and podium finish at Misano (Moto3 in 2014), but is yet to crack Q2 in the premier class in three attempts. After his quiet run to 18th in Austria, Jack dropped to 12th in the world championship with 61 points, but a good result this Sunday could easily vault him into the top 10 given Alex Rins and Dani Pedrosa are tied for 10th with 66 points.
Jack’s Misano highlight: Sixth last year in treacherous conditions that sent six of his rivals into early retirement was one of Jack’s most convincing displays of the year; from 14th on the grid, he was inside the top 10 after just one lap and spent the bulk of the 28-lap distance in fifth before being passed by Ducati’s Michele Pirro with eight laps left.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday September 10 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing