Jack able to make little headway at the Dutch TT.
Jack has finished in ninth place at the Dutch TT at Assen on Sunday afternoon after a lonely ride from 10th on the grid.
The 2016 Dutch TT victor finished 26.4 seconds behind race-winner Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), the furthest Jack has finished behind the winner of any race this year. The ninth place also snapped his run of every race finish being inside the top five in 2019.
Starting on the fourth row and electing to run a soft front/hard rear tyre combination, Jack dropped places to Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli and Ducati stablemate Andrea Dovizioso on lap one, but gained a spot two laps later when Suzuki’s Alex Rins crashed out of the lead of the race.
Jack jumped to ninth place on lap four when he overtook Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami, and that was where he stayed for the remaining 22 laps, becoming detached from the fight ahead of him, but riding well clear of the pursuing pack.
He finished 2.2secs behind Suzuki’s Jian Mir in eighth, and half a second clear of 10th-placed Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) to earn seven world championship points.
“It’s been a very difficult weekend,” Jack admitted after the race.
“During the race I tried to push but the tyre didn’t help me. I’m disappointed because I thought I could do better. We finished by taking some important points for the classification, but the result could have been better.”
Vinales’ first win of the season, allied with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) finishing third, saw Jack fall two places to eighth in the world championship standings with 60 points ahead of the next race, the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring next Sunday.
Full race results from Assen can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing.