A tough day for Jack at the Red Bull Ring proves costly in the championship standings.
Jack has endured his first race finish without points in 2018, his troubles getting to grips with the Red Bull Ring in Austria extending to another year after he finished 18th in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Jack never found the pace necessary for Q2 in mixed conditions throughout Friday and Saturday, and qualified in 17th place, which became 16th on the grid after a penalty assessed to Honda’s Franco Morbidelli for impeding another rider in opening practice.
The first lap of the race was good to Jack, the Aussie advancing to 13th, and he moved up to 12th on lap four as part of a group that contained Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Maverick Vinales (Yamaha). Pedrosa demoted Jack to 13th on lap five, but a mistake by Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone on lap eight saw Jack inherit 12th once more.
Jack’s race then unravelled on lap 15, when a slow second sector saw him fall to 17th, which became 18th on lap 22 when he was passed by Yamaha’s Hafizh Syahrin. He stayed in the same place until the chequered flag, finishing 34.375secs behind race-winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati).
“It’s a shame because the first part of the race was very good,” Jack said.
“I was pushing hard then the front wheel temperature rose too high and I was unable to keep the pace. It was a very difficult weekend.”
It’s Jack’s first race finish outside of the points since the British Grand Prix of 2017, almost a full calendar year ago, while in three visits by MotoGP to the Red Bull Ring, Jack is yet to score a point after missing the race with injury in 2016, and crashing out last year.
The non-score sees Jack fall to 12th place in the world championship on 61 points ahead of the next race, at Silverstone in England in two weeks’ time.
Full race results from Austria can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.