Jack brings down the curtain on his most successful MotoGP campaign yet with some unfinished business to attend to at Valencia.
Race: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
Round: 19 of 19
Date/time: Sunday November 17, 2pm local (12am AEDT Sunday November 18)
Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo: 14 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 4km, 27 laps
2018 podium: Dovizioso-Rins-P.Espargaro
Jack’s world championship results in Valencia
2018 (MotoGP): qualified 10th, did not finish
2017 (MotoGP): qualified 12th, finished 7th
2016 (MotoGP): qualified 15th, finished 15th
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 20th, finished 21st
2014 (Moto3): qualified 2nd, finished 1st
2013 (Moto3): qualified 5th, did not finish
2012 (Moto3): qualified 25th, did not finish
2011 (125cc): qualified 12th, did not finish
Jack’s preview: It’s been quite the 2019 season for Jack; in his first campaign on a full-factory machine, he’s taken four podiums for Pramac Ducati, and comes to the final race of the season at Valencia this weekend well entrenched inside the top 10 in the standings in eighth place with 149 points. While Valentino Rossi (17 points ahead in seventh overall) and leading independent team rider Fabio Quartararo (23 points ahead in sixth) look to be a bridge too far for Jack after he faded to eighth last time out in Malaysia, there’s still plenty to play for this weekend at the tight, one-line circuit that typically draws one of the bigger crowds of the season, and has a fantastic atmosphere thanks to its amphitheatre-like grandstands. Last year’s season finale was lashed with rain on race day, and the chaotic conditions caught Jack out in a frantic five laps where he fell to 19th from 10th on the grid at the start, climbed back to sixth in just four laps, and then crashed out at Turn 3 in a race that was eventually red-flagged. Jack has an assured win in his final Moto3 start in 2014 on his Valencia CV, while his best big-bike result came two years ago when he finished seventh in his final ride for the Marc VDS MotoGP team on a Honda. After 27 laps on Sunday, the focus will immediately shift to 2020 before a well-earned break, Jack back on track at Valencia for a two-day test next week (November 19-20) before wrapping up his official duties with another two-day hit-out at Jerez on November 25-26.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday November 18 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing