Jack takes his best result in almost a year with a superb showing at Termas de Rio Hondo.
Jack has finished fourth at the Argentina Grand Prix for the second year in succession, enjoying his best result in 16 races with an outstanding ride at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on Sunday afternoon.
From fifth on grid and after featuring in the top two in all three practice sessions leading into qualifying, Jack held off Alex Rins after passing the Suzuki rider on the penultimate lap to take his best result since last year’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans, where he also finished in fourth place.
Jack was 12.1secs behind runaway race winner Marc Marquez (Honda) on Sunday, and finished just 1.6secs behind third-place finisher Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), who was pipped to second place by Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi on the 25th and final lap.
Jack made a strong start to advance to third place at the first corner, and as Marquez cleared off at the front, was part of a six-bike battle for second place, which became five after last year’s Argentina winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda) was handed a ride-through penalty for jumping the start.
Jack fought with his 2018 teammate Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) for fifth for the middle part of the race, but both were overtaken by a surging Rins, who had come through the pack from 16th on the grid. Jack made it past Petrucci with three laps left and then overtook Rins at the first corner on the second-last lap, finishing 0.4secs ahead of the Spaniard to score his first points of 2019.
“I’m obviously satisfied with the result, although I may have lacked some experience; I fought a lot with Petrucci and (Franco) Morbidelli and this made me lose contact with the riders in front,” Jack said.
“All things considered it’s OK because today we learned a lot. We’re working very well and for this I thank the team.”
The result means Jack rises to eighth in the championship standings with 13 points ahead of round three of the season, set for the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday April 14.
Full race results from Argentina can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.