It’s straight from Argentina to Texas for Jack’s only round on US soil this year.
Race: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas
Round: 3 of 18
Date/time: Sunday April 10, 2pm local (5am AEST)
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Austin, Texas: 20 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 5.5km, 21 laps
2015 podium: Marquez-Dovizioso-Rossi
Jack’s results in Austin
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 19th, finished 14th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 1st
2013 (Moto3): qualified 4th, finished 6th
(Note 2013 was the first world championship round held at the circuit).
Jack says: “I really enjoy the Circuit of the Americas. I won the Moto3 race in 2014 and I have a lot of fun riding there. It should offer better grip than we had in Argentina, so hopefully we can adapt the bike quickly. The result wasn’t what we wanted in Argentina but we found some good improvements with the bike and I was able to make some steps with my riding style better that suited the package more. The positives far outweighed the negatives last weekend. Now I’ve just got to make sure I don’t push as hard.”
Watch for: Turn 1, one of the more dramatic opening corners on the MotoGP calendar. From the start-finish line, the track rises 41 metres in elevation for the first corner, and at 15 metres wide, there are numerous lines for the riders to take as they prepare to plunge downhill through turns 2-6. Action off the start is almost guaranteed.
Austin fast fact: Designed by renowned German circuit architect Hermann Tilke, COTA takes its inspiration from three other circuits: the first sector is reminiscent of Silverstone, turns 12-15 are a nod to Hockenheim’s stadium section, while turns 16-18 mirror another Tilke track, Istanbul Park in Turkey.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday April 11 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photo courtesy of Marc VDS.