After his podium in the USA three weeks ago, Jack has reason to be confident of a career-best showing in Spain.
Race: Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Round: 4 of 19
Date/time: Sunday May 5, 2pm local (10pm AEDT)
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto: 13 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 25 laps
2018 podium: Marquez-Zarco-Iannone
Jack’s world championship results at Jerez
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 12th, finished 6th
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: After a three-week break as the MotoGP riders and teams filtered back to base following three flyaways to start the season, Jerez heralds the start of the European campaign, and will provide a true test of the adaptability of the Ducati GP19 in Jack’s hands at a circuit where things haven’t always gone to plan. Last year’s sixth place at Jerez was Jack’s first point-scoring finish at the Spanish circuit in four attempts, while three starts from the front two rows in his Moto3 days yielded two DNF’s and a fourth in 2014. The omens for change are good; since his unfortunate retirement from this year’s season-opener in Qatar when his seat padding came unglued, Jack has used a pair of top-four results to vault into sixth place overall in the championship, and comes to Jerez with plenty of confidence following his second MotoGP podium at COTA in Austin last time out. The tight and twisty Jerez layout has been something of a graveyard for Ducati in the recent past – no Ducati rider has won there since Loris Capirossi in 2006 – but in what is shaping as an open 2019 season, a host of riders and manufacturers will be confident of success this weekend. With 29 points, Jack is one of five riders on four different bikes within a race win of series leader Andrea Dovizioso (54 points) coming into the fourth round of the season.
Jack says: “Since we glued the seat on, it’s been roses … I’m right on the edge of the top five in the championship now, and that’ll be the goal once we get to Jerez. It’s a GP that typically hasn’t gone that well for me since I’ve been in MotoGP, but this is starting to feel like a year where we can change a few things.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday May 6 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing