A late-race spill spoils a strong ride into the points from a lowly grid spot for Jack at the Red Bull Ring.
A late-crash crash for Jack at the Austrian Grand Prix has seen him lose a chance to score world championship points, the Australian falling from 14th place with eight laps remaining at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday afternoon.
The 11th round of the season was won by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who moved to second in the riders’ standings after surviving a breathtaking last-lap duel with Honda’s championship leader, Marc Marquez.
The Red Bull Ring’s track layout of long straights preceded by slow-speed corners was always going to be one of the toughest races on the calendar for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Team, and Jack lined up for Sunday’s 28-lap race from 19th position on the grid, his equal-lowest starting position of the season along with Mugello in June.
He made his customary strong getaway to gain six places on the opening lap, and moved up to 11th place on lap seven at the rear of a tight front group that was setting a scorching pace.
Ducati pair Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham made the most of their horsepower advantage to demote Jack to 13th on lap nine, and another Ducati, that of Scott Redding, pushed him back to 14th just after the halfway mark of the race.
Jack looked comfortable circulating in the back-end of the points-paying positions until he suffered a low-side under braking at the fast downhill Turn 9 on lap 20, and was unhurt after he came to a halt just short of the gravel trap.
“The race was going really well when I crashed on lap 20,” Jack said afterwards.
“I had really good pace early in the race, but then I started to lose some rear grip, it felt like the tyre was overheating in the final sector. I had couple of warnings that I was losing grip into turn nine. Then it stepped out under braking and then overloaded the front and I tried to hold it up on my elbow but to no avail.
“A disappointing end, but I had a strong race until that small mistake. Now I’m looking forward to Silverstone and being in top form.”
With the non-finish, his third of the season, Jack falls one place in the championship standings to 13th overall ahead of the next race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday August 27.
Full race results from Austria can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.