Jack’s looking to snap a rugged run of form in Spain as the calendar switches to Europe.
Race: Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Round: 4 of 19
Date/time: Sunday May 6, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez: 13 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 25 laps
2017 podium: Pedrosa-Marquez-Lorenzo
Jack’s world championship results at Jerez
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 10th, did not finish
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
Jack’s preview: It’s been a case of so far, so good for Jack in 2018, who returns to Europe after the opening trio of flyaways to start the season with three top-10 finishes, a maiden pole position in Argentina and sitting in eighth place in the championship. That’s the good; he’ll be keen to avoid the bad turn that took place at Jerez last year, when he was skittled by Alvaro Bautista early in the race and ended up in the gravel – and with his ears burning after lashing out at the veteran Spaniard in front of his home fans … After competing with shoulder and collarbone injuries last time out in Austin, Jack has been recovering ahead of the Jerez weekend, the tight track the complete opposite to the swoops and long straights of COTA. The Spanish circuit hasn’t been kind to Jack in the past; he’s yet to score a point there in three MotoGP visits, and has just one top-15 finish in six world championship starts, a fourth in his final year of Moto3 (from pole) four years ago. After Austin, Jack returned to Andorra and spent some time riding with young Aussie Billy Van Eerde, who’ll make his debut in the Red Bull Rookies Cup at Jerez this weekend.
Jack’s Jerez “highlight:”: Jack will be the first to admit this is a short list and not much of a highlight – Jerez (and Silverstone) rank as his worst MotoGP circuits. His Moto3 pole in 2014 was his third in a row, but he just missed out on a fourth consecutive podium to start that season, finishing just over a second behind current MotoGP rider Alex Rins in third. In both his MotoGP finishes, he’s never been closer than 49 seconds from the winner. He’ll expect much more this time.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday May 7 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.