Jack recaps a tough British GP weekend that made for plenty of frustration, but zero points.
Well, that was a rough one. Finishing one place outside of the points like I did at the British Grand Prix on Sunday is never easy to take, but to leave England with nothing to show for a weekend I was pretty optimistic about before we started was even worse when only 17 of us managed to finish the race. Definitely a good chance that we didn’t make the best of, so that’s doubly frustrating for me and the team.
Silverstone can be a fun track in some ways for us MotoGP guys because of the speed and the changes of direction, but it’s not somewhere that’s been very good to me over three years in MotoGP, and Sunday’s result means I still haven’t scored a point in the top class there yet. I didn’t do a lot there in Moto3 either besides one strong qualifying in 2013, so it’s not a place I’ve gelled with for whatever reason. Yes, it’s windy – being an old airfield means it’s pretty exposed, and all of us riders know it’ll be one of the bumpier tracks we go to because they’ve held Formula One races and tests there forever. Saying all that, Sunday was still a bit of a head-scratcher.
We started from 16th and I felt after qualifying that I had pretty good race pace; my lap in qualifying was pretty good but with a few mistakes, which you’ll make on a circuit this long and with the lap lasting over two minutes. But Sunday just didn’t work out. I got an average start and just couldn’t go with the guys around me, and even with a few retirements ahead of me, I was still 10 seconds off the points and only beat Bradley Smith’s KTM home at the end. Definitely not a good one for us, and we need to get to the bottom of why because I had some pretty high hopes for the race. It’s one of those races where you wish you had another one the next day to erase it from your mind, but Misano isn’t for another two weeks, so I have to live with this one until then.
Between Austria the last time out and Silverstone, I actually got back into something like a ‘normal’ life because I was in Andorra and my base there for the first time in literally months, got back into some cycling and generally didn’t do a lot besides train and catch up on life. The back-end of the season for us is pretty hectic with a lot of races in a short time, and of course there’s the Japan-Australia-Malaysia triple-header in three weekends that’s always one you need plenty of energy for with the travel time and time differences to Europe. So to get some downtime was pretty important.
Things have dried up a bit for me since Assen when I finished sixth, and I don’t want 2017 to end up like last year did when the points were hard to come by in the second half of the year, mostly because I missed quite a few races with injury after the summer break. We definitely have the potential and we have some good sessions, but just haven’t been stringing a full weekend together, and that needs to change. We’ll spend a far bit of the time between here and Misano unravelling things so we can come up with a solution. I’m pretty confident we can do that, but pretty impatient for it as well. We’ll press on and get to the bottom of it so we can get back to scoring solid points basically every race like we were doing up to Assen.
Thanks for the support when things have been a bit average lately, it always gets noticed, trust me …
This story originally appeared on redbull.com
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.