Jack looks to keep his points run going while breaking new ground at a bogey track.
Race: Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Round: 4 of 18
Date/time: Sunday May 7, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez: 13 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 27 laps
2016 podium: Rossi-Lorenzo-Marquez
Jack’s world championship results at Jerez
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 19th, finished 17th
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 22nd, finished 20th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 4th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 5th, did not finish
2012 (Moto3): qualified 6th, did not finish
Preview: It’s the first race of the European season, and the first chance for Spanish duo Maverick Vinales and Marc Marquez to try to get the upper hand over championship leader Valentino Rossi on home soil. For Jack, simply maintaining the momentum he’s achieved over the flyaways to start the year will be the aim. Jerez has been something of a bogey track for Jack; he has just one points finish in five world championship starts here. Jack is on a run of six consecutive points finishes dating back to last year, the first time he’s managed that in his MotoGP career. He’s one of just six riders to score points in all three 2017 races (for the record, the others are Rossi, Jonas Folger, Scott Redding, Hector Barbera and Marc VDS teammate Tito Rabat).
Jack says: “It’s been a good three opening races for me in Qatar, Argentina and America, but I’m looking forward to getting to Jerez and getting the European phase of the championship started. I like Jerez and it’s another track at which our Honda RC213V works well, so I’m feeling positive going into the weekend. Now we need to take what we’ve learnt in the overseas races and during preseason testing and apply it this weekend in Jerez. We’ve had three top-10 finishes on the trot and that’s good, but I’m definitely looking for more now we’re back racing in Europe.”
Hot spot: Let’s go with spots, plural. Turn 6 (Dry Sack) invites several lines under braking to the apex, while the final corner, Turn 13 (Jorge Lorenzo), has been the place for controversy over the years – who can forget 2013, when a rookie named Marc Marquez shoved his way past Lorenzo for second at the final corner of the race, which had been renamed in his honour earlier that very weekend …
Jerez fast fact: The past four years at the Spanish GP have seen 12 different winners in 12 races across the three world championship classes; the last rider to win consecutive Grands Prix at Jerez in any category is Lorenzo (MotoGP, 2010-11).
Jack in the world championship: 10th with 21 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday May 8 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.