After a promising test at Misano, Jack is optimistic for the penultimate European race before the flyaways.
Race: Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Round: 13 of 19
Date/time: Sunday September 15, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: 16 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.2km, 27 laps
2018 podium: Dovizioso-Marquez-Crutchlow
Jack’s world championship results at Misano
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 2nd, finished 18th
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: Jack will return to Misano in a confident mood after finishing fifth on the combined timesheets across the two-day test that followed the British GP, with Pramac Racing choosing to focus on race set-up at the Italian circuit rather than chase their ultimate lap time. Finding a fast lap around Misano has never been a problem for Jack – he qualified second on the grid behind Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo here 12 months ago – but staying out of trouble in the early laps on a narrow, twisting track can be more problematic, as Jack unfortunately discovered last year when a lap three fall at Turn 14 saw him plummet to the back of the field, where he eventually remounted to finish 18th. “A stupid mistake at the worst possible time,” was his typically blunt assessment afterwards. Jack surpassed his previous season-best haul of points (91) at the last round at Silverstone, where eighth place saw him reach 94 points for 2019. Misano is a track that has generally suited Honda in the past, but Andrea Dovizioso’s win on home soil 12 months ago shows Ducati can fight in front of their home fans one final time for 2019, Jack’s recent pace indicating he should be part of that battle at the sharp end.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday September 16 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing