Back-to-back retirements sees a bad end to a good day for Jack in Catalunya.
Jack has recorded back-to-back non-finishes for the first time in over two years, the Australian retiring from the Catalunya Grand Prix with an electrical problem seven laps from the finish on Sunday.
Jack’s 2019 plans were announced in the lead-up to the race, when it was revealed he’d signed to stay with the Alma Pramac Racing Team for next season, riding a Ducati GP19 factory machine. On Sunday, he started the 24-lap race from 13th after failing to make Q2 for just the second time in seven events this year, but was able to pass Yamaha’s Johann Zarco and fast-starting KTM rider Bradley Smith on lap four to advance to 10th place.
Jack was racing in a group with Zarco and Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales when Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on lap nine, elevating him back to 10th, and he passed Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone for ninth two laps later. He held that position until lap 16 when he was overtaken by fellow Ducati rider Tito Rabat, and was out of the race two laps later on lap 18 when his bike ground to a halt.
The race, won by Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, featured just 14 finishers, 12 riders retiring on a hot day in Barcelona.
“I managed to save the tyre in order to be competitive in the second half of the race, I was with Vinales and Zarco and felt confident,” Jack said.
“Then I had a technical problem. It is a shame, I could make a good result. I can’t wait to be in Assen.”
It’s the first time since France/Italy in 2016 that Jack has failed to finish consecutive races, and the non-score sees him stuck on 49 points and drop one place in the championship to 10th ahead of the Dutch TT on July 1.
Full race results from Catalunya can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.