A mid-race fall while running inside the top 10 makes for a disappointing end in Barcelona for Jack.
A mid-race crash has put an end to Jack’s prospects of a strong result at the Catalunya Grand Prix, the Australian falling on lap 14 of Sunday’s 25-lap race won by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.
Scorching temperatures in Barcelona – the track temperature was up to 54 degrees for the 2pm local start – saw Jack fit Michelin’s hard front and medium-compound rear tyres for the race, with conservation rather than outright pace looking to be the key as the field lined up.
Starting from 15th on the grid, Jack made a superb getaway and spied an opening down the inside into the first corner, and as the field streamed into Turn 2, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider had scythed his way through to eighth place.
Jack was demoted by Ducati duo Hector Barbera and Danilo Petrucci to be 10th by lap two, and Valentino Rossi came by on lap four to drop Jack to 11th. He then gained a place on lap eight when Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) retired, and sat in a comfortable 10th place for the next six laps, a chance of a fifth top-10 result this season looking a strong possibility as he was under no immediate pressure from behind.
But disaster was to strike for Jack just after half-distance, a crash at Turn 5 seeing him record his second non-finish this season after Jerez in round four.
“I had a good pace in the warm-up after we found some set-up improvements and I carried that pace into the race and settled into my rhythm running low 1’47s,” Jack said afterwards.
“I was catching the group of Rossi, (Jorge) Lorenzo and (Johann) Zarco and felt really comfortable and braked at the same point at the downhill left but got caught out by the camber and crashed. I’m disappointed because I had worked hard to get into a good position and felt comfortable with 11 laps to go when I went out. The positive is that I got some front feeling back today.”
Jack stays on 30 points for the season and falls one place to 13th in the overall standings ahead of the next race, the Dutch TT at Assen in a fortnight’s time, where he returns as the defending race winner from 2016.
Full race results from Catalunya can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.