It’s the first of four 2016 races in Spain as MotoGP starts its European swing.
Race: Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Round: 4 of 18
Date/time: Sunday April 24, 2pm local (10pm AEST)
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez: 13 corners, anti-clockwise
Distance/laps: 4.4km, 27 laps
2015 podium: Lorenzo-Marquez-Rossi
Jack’s world championship results at Jerez
2015 (MotoGP): qualified 22nd, finished 20th
2014 (Moto3): qualified 1st, finished 4th
2013 (Moto3): qualified 5th, did not finish
2012 (Moto3): qualified 6th, did not finish
Jack says: “It’s never good to have to sit out a race through injury, as I had to in Texas, so I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike in Jerez. After Austin I stayed in the US, where I’ve been working hard on my rehabilitation with Doctor Andy Walshe, ready for the European phase of the season. The next few weeks are tough, with races coming one after the other, starting this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix.”
Watch for: Turn 13, Jorge Lorenzo Corner. Jerez’s final turn has been the site of many a desperate last-lap pass over the years, some of which have (Rossi v Gibernau, anyone?) which have sparked controversy. The turn was re-named after the reigning MotoGP champion Lorenzo in 2013, the same year a rookie named Marc Marquez muscled past the Yamaha rider at his own corner to claim second on the last lap of the race.
Jerez fast fact: Four other corners – Turn 5 (Sito Pons), Turn 7 (Jorge Martinez Aspar), Turn 9 (Angel Nieto) and Turn 11 (Alex Criville) – are named in honour of Spanish motorcycle champions.
Check back with jackmiller.com.au on Monday April 25 for a report of Jack’s race.
Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool.