Muted celebrations for Jack’s 100th GP start after he finishes 13th in Aragon.
Jack has finished a quiet 13th in Sunday’s Aragon Grand Prix in Spain, in a race won by Honda’s world championship leader Marc Marquez.
It was a disappointing end to what had otherwise been a strong event for Jack on his 100th Grand Prix start, after he finished in the top four in opening practice in the wet on Friday, qualified 13th and missed Q2 by just 0.009 seconds on Saturday, and finished a strong third in Sunday morning warm-up.
Track temperatures had risen by 16 degrees between morning warm-up and the race, and Jack could make little progress in the early stages, uncharacteristically dropping a spot to 14th after the first lap.
The Australian was passed by Ducati’s Karel Abraham and demoted to 15th on lap three before reclaiming the position when the Czech Republic rider crashed on lap six, and he then spent the next 11 laps in 14th place, gaining another spot when Honda’s Cal Crutchlow fell on lap 17.
Jack finished three seconds behind Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone in 12th and 1.7 seconds ahead of Scott Redding, riding for the Pramac Ducati team he’ll switch to for the 2018 season, in 14th. Jack was 23.8secs adrift of Marquez after the 23-lap race.
“I’m reasonably happy with the way things went today (but) this wasn’t the race I expected, even though I came home with some points,” Jack said afterwards.
“I used the hard tyre and expected a little bit more from it, but it didn’t work out that way. Overall a positive weekend and I’m feeling really comfortable with the bike, especially the front. We just missed some drive grip on the rear which was down to not making the hard compound work early enough.”
With three points for 13th, Jack overtakes Redding into 12th place in the standings, and he now has 56 points for the season ahead of the triple-header of flyaway races, which begin at Motegi in Japan on October 15.
Full race results from Aragon can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.