Jack’s back in the top 10 after a strong start made his race at the Dutch TT.
Jack has bounced back from a recent run of outs with a strong showing at Assen, finishing 10th at the Dutch TT on Sunday afternoon for his sixth top-10 result in eight races this season.
Starting from 16th on the grid after missing Q2 on Saturday by just over seven-hundredths of a second, Jack made a storming getaway in sunny but windy conditions at Assen on Sunday, making up five places in the first four corners to be 12th at the end of lap one.
Jack passed Alma Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro on lap three to move up to 10th, but fell back to 11th four laps later when Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) overtook him at the first corner. After a brief battle with Petrucci, Jack settled into 11th place behind Bautista, with little pressure from behind as an eight-bike battle raged at the front of the field, Jack setting his fastest lap of the race (1:34.950secs) on the 13th tour.
Petrucci crashed out behind Jack on lap 18, and Jack set his sights on Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) ahead, the Italian using the same medium front/hard rear tyre combination Jack had elected to run for the 27-lap distance. Jack’s pressure then paid off on lap 21, when Iannone cut the final chicane and was assessed a two-second time penalty to be applied after the race for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
Jack was unable to catch and pass the Suzuki over the remaining five laps, but was within 0.7secs of Iannone at the chequered flag, meaning he inherited 10th place when Iannone’s time penalty was applied.
He was 13.056secs behind race-winner Marc Marquez (Honda) at the finish, and 5.5secs adrift of Bautista in ninth place.
“It was a complicated weekend,” Jack said after the race.
“I couldn’t find the right feeling. I was expecting a bit more to be honest, but in the race I managed to finish in the top 10 and this is a good result.”
The six world championship points raise Jack’s 2018 tally to 55, and he stays in 10th place overall ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on July 15, which is round nine of the 19-race season.
Full race results from Assen can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.