Jack moves up to seventh in the championship with a composed ride to ninth in Argentina.
Jack has made it back-to-back top-10 finishes to start the 2017 season after placing ninth in the Argentina Grand Prix at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on Sunday afternoon.
After days of intermittent rain at the remote rural circuit, race day was cloudy but dry, enabling Jack to attack with vigour in the early stages. Starting from 17th on the grid, Jack was up to 14th after lap one, and then passed the Ducati duo of Scott Redding and Karel Abraham on the next tour. He then inherited another place when race leader Marc Marquez sensationally crashed out on his Honda on lap four.
Jack spent much of the race in 11th place, and gained two more positions when Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) took out Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso on lap 14, the two riders falling into retirement. The last five laps of the race saw the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider in the middle of a Ducati sandwich between Redding and Abraham, and try as he might, Jack wasn’t able to get by the Briton on the final lap, finishing 0.185secs adrift of Redding and in ninth place.
“The race was the best I felt all weekend, and finally I was able to put together the speed I knew we had when it meant something,” Jack said.
“I made a good start and was sitting with a fast group, although I wasn’t comfortable with a full fuel tank in the opening laps and made a couple of small mistakes and lost some time. But there were some positives from the weekend and some solid points for the championship. My goal is to be always top 10 this season and so far I’m doing that, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going at the next race in Texas.”
The race was won by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, who finished 25.665secs ahead of Jack. Vinales’ teammate Valentino Rossi, on his 350th GP start, was second, with Cal Crutchlow third, the only Honda ahead of Jack in the classification.
With eighth and ninth in the first two Grands Prix of the year, Jack now sits in seventh place overall in the championship standings with 15 points.
The series now takes a two-week break before reconvening in Austin, Texas for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday April 23.
Full race results from Argentina can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.