Lap 8 crash extends Jack’s run of outs at the Red Bull Ring.
Jack’s wait to score his maiden world championship points in Austria will extend another 12 months, after he crashed out of fourth place at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday afternoon.
From eighth on the grid, Jack made a brilliant start to vault to third at the first corner, and despite running wide on exit, climbed to second position behind Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo at Turn 3 after pole-sitter Marc Marquez (Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) went in too deep under braking.
Jack was able to keep Marquez behind until lap four, where he fell to fourth place but with a comfortable gap to Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi behind him. He stayed in fourth until lap eight, but slid off the track under braking at the penultimate corner, Turn 9, and into retirement. It was the same corner where Jack crashed out in 2017, making last year’s 18th-place result his one finish from four visits to the Red Bull Ring.
“I came out of Turn 8, had a little shake and missed the braking point by about two metres and was about two metres wide into the second-last corner, and I crashed,” Jack said.
“I was on the dirty stuff and I just lost the front. I know exactly what happened and what I did wrong, and this is what makes it even worse. I felt everywhere really in control, I was managing the rear tyre a lot, and I felt good for the end of the race. It’s a real shame.”
The race was won by Dovizioso, who produced a thrilling last-corner pass on Marquez to preserve Ducati’s perfect record at the circuit since MotoGP returned in 2016. Quartararo rounded out the podium in third place.
The non-finish was Jack’s fourth in 11 races this year, and represented his first non-score since the Italian Grand Prix in June. With Quartararo’s podium, Jack falls one place in the world championship to eighth with 86 points, and relinquished the lead of the Independent Team Rider standings to the French rookie.
The next race comes at Silverstone, which plays host to the British Grand Prix on Sunday August 25.
Full race results from Austria can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing.