Jack takes an early gamble for slicks, but can only gain one place from his qualifying spot at Brno.
Jack has slid to a 14th-place finish as MotoGP action recommenced after the mid-season break in Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at the Brno Circuit.
The 22-lap race, which started on a wet track that dried rapidly and saw all riders pit for bike and tyre changes, was won convincingly by Repsol Honda’s championship leader Marc Marquez.
From 15th on the grid, Jack made a strong getaway and hugged the inside of Turn 1, gaining four positions on the opening lap. Starting the race on Michelin’s soft front and medium rear rain tyres, Jack, along with Marquez and several other riders, then made the decision to pit early, entering pit lane at the end of lap two and re-emerging on medium-compound slick tyres.
As the remainder of the field pitted at various stages over the opening handful of laps, Jack edged up the order to ninth on lap six, but with several front-running riders on faster bikes out of sequence behind him, it was always going to be difficult for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider to maintain his position inside the top 10 if conditions improved.
Jack spent much of the remainder of the race in 12th position, but was passed by Yamaha’s Jonas Folger and the German’s Tech 3 teammate Johann Zarco in the final four laps, finishing 14th, 38 seconds behind race-winner Marquez.
“I lost some valuable seconds in the pit stop waiting for my second bike to be ready but still thought I had a chance of a top 10 position,” Jack said.
“But then I found we did not have similar rear grip compared to practice when I could easily do 1’57s on an old tyre, but in the race I could not match those times. The front felt really good but I had no rear grip and could not take advantage of my strategy.”
The two world championship points sees Jack maintain his 12th place in the world championship with 43 points ahead of the 11th race of the 18-race season, which comes at the Red Bull Ring in Austria next weekend.
Full race results from Brno can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.