Last-lap pass sees Jack return to the podium for the third time in 2019.
Jack has ridden a superbly-judged race at Aragon in Spain, a last-lap pass of Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales securing third place for his fourth MotoGP podium finish.
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From fourth on the grid after spending all four practice sessions inside the top six on the timesheets, Jack passed Vinales into the first corner of Sunday’s 23-lap race, and gained another place when he overtook Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) at Turn 12 on the opening lap, ending it in second place behind runaway pole-sitter Marc Marquez (Honda).
Jack stayed in second until lap six, when Vinales used the superior corner speed of the Yamaha to slip by, and Jack continued in the podium place until lap 15, when Ducati stablemate Andrea Dovizioso passed him into Turn 1, the Italian recovering from a lacklustre qualifying that had him back in 10th on the grid.
Fourth looked to be the best Jack could manage with five laps remaining, but the Ducati duo began to reel Vinales in, Dovizioso climbing to second with three laps left. Jack then made his intentions clear on the last corner of the penultimate lap, closing in on Vinales at Turn 17 before passing him down the inside at Turn 1 on the final lap, holding firm to take his third podium finish of the season.
Marquez won his eighth Grand Prix of the season and extended his championship lead to 98 points, while Jack was just 5.430secs behind at the finish, Dovizioso just sixth-tenths of a second ahead of Jack in second.
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Jack was understandably elated when he returned to parc ferme.
“I just tried to keep my pace; we did a lot of runs throughout the weekend just trying to work out a good race pace,” he said.
“I switched (engine) maps quite early to try to save the tyre for the end of the race, I didn’t want to get sucked in trying to chase Marc too much and destroy the tyre and be a sitting duck at the end.
“Mav came past and he was trying to chase down Marc, and towards the end he started to struggle off the long corners, so I just kept my cool and I was able to bring her home on the podium. It’s an awesome way to end this part of the European season.”
The result sees Jack consolidate eighth place in the championship with 117 points; he’s now 19 points ahead of Cal Crutchlow (Honda) in ninth after the British rider finished sixth at Aragon.
Jack will head home to Townsville before the next race in Thailand on Sunday October 6.
Full race results from Aragon can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing.