Jack finishes in the same position at the Island as last year after a strong ride.
Jack has finished seventh for the second successive year at Phillip Island, after again leading his home Grand Prix in the early stages.
From sixth on the grid, Jack made a blistering start and took the lead from pole-sitter Marc Marquez (Honda) on lap one at Turn 4, in front of a huge cluster of family and friends who had travelled to the Island to support him this weekend.
Mindful of encountering severe tyre wear as he did in last year’s AGP, Jack ran a conservative engine map and looked just to stay in touch with the front pack in the early stages, and was comfortably inside the top three for the first eight laps of the race.
He slipped to seventh behind Alex Rins (Suzuki) on lap 15 of 27, and try as he might, couldn’t manage his tyre wear to the extent that he could challenge the Spaniard and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in the closing stages, finishing seventh, 6.7secs behind race-winner Maverick Vinales (Yamaha).
Seventh capped a strong home weekend for Jack, who was inside the top 10 in all but one on-track session, and he was the first independent team rider to cross the line.
“I didn’t lead as long as last year, but that was planned,” Jack said afterwards.
“I didn’t expect to be leading that early, but the opportunity arose and I put myself there, but I was trying to save the tyre. For the first three-quarters of the race, the bike was really slow off the corners, and I was actually happy with that. I had a really dull (engine) map and tried to preserve the tyre as much as I could, but it wasn’t enough.
“I just missed out on closing to those guys, so close, but no cigar. It’s still seventh position. I’m not too happy, but on a bike that wasn’t in the top 10 here last year, I’ll take it. To have Rossi and Rins, the factory Yamaha and the factory Suzuki, in front of me, that’s a good result. But I want more.”
With 83 points, Jack consolidated his 13th place in the overall riders’ standings ahead of the third leg of the triple-header of flyaways, at Sepang in Malaysia next Sunday.
Full race results from Australia can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.