The hottest race of the year awaits for Jack and his MotoGP rivals as the first of four straight flyaways takes place in rural Thailand.
Race: PTT Thailand Grand Prix
Round: 15 of 19
Date/time: Sunday October 6, 2pm local (6pm AEDT)
Circuit: Chang International Circuit: 12 corners, clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.6km, 26 laps
2018 podium: Marquez-Dovizioso-Vinales
Jack’s world championship results in Thailand
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 10th, finished 10th
Jack’s preview: Jack could hardly be better prepared for the gruelling run of flyways through October as the end of the 2019 season arrives in a rush; coming off his third and most convincing podium of the season in Aragon last time out, he made the trip back to home in Townsville to spend time with friends and family before embarking on the first of the four GPs in the next five weekends. First stop is Thailand and the Chang International Circuit, located 410km north-east from the country’s capital of Bangkok, and where MotoGP made its debut last year in front of more than 100,000 enthusiastic fans on race day. Jack started and finished 10th at the Buriram circuit 12 months ago, finishing 11 seconds from the win in a thrilling race that saw the three podium placers finish within two-tenths of a second. The track layout features three long straights that should see Jack’s Ducati in its element, if Aragon last time out was anything to go by, while the torrid conditions will make the 26-lap journey a tough physical and mental test, Jack commenting last year that the heat was “pretty brutal” and “worse than Malaysia ever gets”, this Grand Prix surpassing Sepang as the hottest on the calendar.
Jack says: “I think we can have a similar weekend (to Aragon) this weekend. Seeing the race from last year, I was just off that front group. I wasn’t able to keep their pace but coming here on the GP19 this year should give us an extra boost, especially on the straights. I am looking forward to it, it should be a good weekend. It is hot, humid and I just came from Australia and it is similar there, so it should be good.”
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday October 7 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing