Jack writes about his first pole position, a podium near-miss and Marc Marquez’s antics after a crazy second race of the year.
I’m speaking to you about an hour after finishing fourth in the race in Argentina and it’s hard to really know where to start. I mean, a bit went on as you probably saw … So let’s start at the start. I don’t completely know myself what went on, so bear with me … It was chaos, to be honest.
We went to the grid, and I felt it wasn’t going to rain anymore and stayed out there on slicks. The others didn’t feel that way, I guess – and they all peeled back into the pit lane and left me out there by myself. For me, slicks was the way to go, there’s no way we should have started on wets and the weather afterwards proved that. Once I saw how quickly the track and the pit lane were drying, it was for sure slick tyres. So the others all peel back in, I’m sitting there on pole position wondering where the hell everyone is, and then they delay the start by 15 minutes. Everyone else made the wrong call by choosing the wrong tyres; we didn’t. So why I do I get penalised for that? I understand the guys in charge of the series are under a whole heap of pressure, but it’s a shame for us because we made the right choice and got dicked around for it.
My tyres were pretty knackered towards the end of the race, but I’m more annoyed that I made two mistakes that almost certainly cost me a podium, or maybe even a victory. Who knows, the other guys, Cal (Crutchlow), Johann (Zarco) and Alex (Rins), they were all struggling with their tyres and maybe a win could have been on in the final laps. But saying that, I’ve just finished fourth in a race, it’s the second-best result I’ve had in MotoGP, so there’s a lot to be happy about. Us motorcycle riders are wired to always want more and you can’t help but think about that, but if you’d given me fourth from pole before the weekend started, I would have said ‘you beauty, thanks’ and snapped that up, and probably told you that you were dreaming too … So to have that happen was still pretty cool.
As you can imagine, everyone here has an opinion about Marc’s (Marquez) race, and I don’t even know if I’ve caught up with it all yet – I know about his incident with Valentino (Rossi), but apparently there were more, even though that one will rumble on for probably, well, forever.
All I know is that when he came past me on lap two I was pretty happy, because it gave me someone to follow and a reference for how hard I could push, you’re always a bit of a pioneer in the sketchy track conditions when you’re out the front. It was a bit disappointing when he had to pull in for the penalty off the start from that side of things. It’s not often you see someone get penalised three times in 24 laps though, I’ll say that.
On the grid, when he stalled it and then was going backwards, forwards, doing three-point turns or whatever he was doing, that was a bit weird. I was more thinking about my tyres and how they were cooling off waiting for him to get himself organised. ‘What the hell are you doing?’ was a polite version of what was going through my mind at the time …
Anyway, it was an exhausting race to be in, and probably the same for everyone watching it. There’s definitely a bit to process after a race like that, so maybe it’s just as well it takes forever to get back from here, the circuit is in a pretty remote part of Argentina and we all had stories of the journeys we took to get here last week.
Between now and the race in Austin I’m going to head out to California to do some training and some cycling, so that’s something to look forward to. We’ll talk again after the next one, which surely won’t be as crazy as that was …
This story originally appeared on redbull.com
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing