The sole US stop on the calendar comes at a track where Jack has tasted success.
Race: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas
Round: 3 of 18
Date/time: Sunday April 23, 2pm local (5am Monday April 24 AEST)
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas (COTA): 20 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.5km, 21 laps
2016 podium: Marquez-Lorenzo-Iannone
Jack’s world championship results at COTA
2016 (MotoGP): did not start
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 19th, finished 14th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 1st
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 6th
Preview: Austin represents some unfinished business for Jack, after he missed last year’s race at COTA following a big highside at Turn 18 in Friday’s first free practice session, fracturing the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Last year’s misfortune aside, COTA is typically a strong circuit for Jack, as he scored his first MotoGP points there in his second premier-class race in 2015, won the Moto3 race from his maiden world championship pole position the year earlier, and finished a strong sixth in Moto3 on his first visit in 2013.
Jack says: “Argentina was a difficult weekend, but we managed to put it together in the race and I was inside the top 10, which is my goal this season. I was a little further back from the leaders than I’d have liked and that’s something we need to work on next time out in Austin. I feel good heading into the Texas weekend; it’s another track I really enjoy and one at which we can normally expect good things from the Honda. I’m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.”
Hot spot: Turn 1, which features a 41-metre incline at the end of the start-finish straight, is wide and invites several lines for the riders to explore, and drama is almost guaranteed on the opening lap of all three world championship classes. The other corner to watch is Turn 12, a tight left-hander at the end of the 1.2km back straight that’s the longest on the calendar.
Austin fast fact: MotoGP’s sole visit to the US – it was only four years ago that the sport visited the ‘States three times in the same season – is Marc Marquez territory; the Honda rider has taken pole and won on all four occasions since it came onto the calendar in 2013.
Jack in the world championship: 7th with 15 points.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday April 24 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.