A new race in a new place for Jack and the paddock as MotoGP heads to Buriram for the first time.
Race: PTT Thailand Grand Prix
Round: 15 of 19
Date/time: Sunday October 7, 2pm local (6pm AEST)
Circuit: Chang International Circuit: 12 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.6km, 26 laps
2017 podium: Not held
Jack’s world championship results in Thailand
Jack’s preview: Jack finally got some payoff for his recent pace with a ninth place in Aragon last time out, his best result in eight races, and some belated reward for the speed he showed at Silverstone before the British Grand Prix was rained out, and at Misano before he crashed early in the race after starting from second on the grid. Seven points was his best haul since he finished fourth at the French Grand Prix in May, while he jumped Alvaro Bautista (who failed to finish at Aragon) to 12th place in the standings with 68 points.
Like the rest of the MotoGP paddock, Jack had his first taste of the Buriram circuit in Thailand during the pre-season test in February this year, racking up 202 laps across the three days, his best lap (1:30.185) coming on the second day and placing him sixth on the combined timesheets, four-tenths of a second behind Dani Pedrosa’s fastest lap of the test on a Honda. “The circuit itself is very fast, it’s a little bit like Austria, minus the elevation changes,” Jack said in February. “It’s a fast track and it’s nice to ride here. To do the best lap time you have to be patient and you have to give up a bit in braking to get the acceleration, especially on the Ducati.”
Jack says: “Thailand’s not too bad on the tyres, and having the test there at the start of the year gave us some pretty good feedback, so I’m looking forward to getting there and getting the first of the four flyaways underway. The crowds will be crazy, MotoGP has such a huge following there, so I think it’ll be a wicked weekend.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 8 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing