Jack forges forwards to 12th after a qualifying crash in the Czech Republic.
Jack has achieved his best MotoGP result at the Brno Circuit, recovering from a lowly 17th on the grid to finish 12th in the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
A costly crash in Q1 on Saturday saw Jack start from the sixth row of the grid, which was doubly frustrating as he was on a Q1 lap that would have comfortably seen him through to Q2 and into the top-12 shootout for pole position. He made gains quickly in Sunday’s race, grabbing two spots on the opening lap to immediately get himself into the points, and then passing Franco Morbidelli (Honda) and Hafizh Syahrin (Yamaha) before the end of lap four to advance to 13th place.
Jack progressed to 12th when he passed fellow Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista on lap six, but was repassed by the Spaniard three laps later on the same lap that 10th-placed Tito Rabat (Ducati) retired from the race, which saw him retain 12th place.
Bautista twice set the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of the top 10 and left Jack to fend off Morbidelli for the remainder of the race, which he was able to do comfortably as he finished 16.5secs off the race-winner, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).
“It was a difficult race,” Jack said afterwards.
“The qualifying didn’t help me and I had some problems in the first lap. We can do better, but the feeling with the bike is very good and the team is doing a great job.”
Prior to Sunday, Jack’s best MotoGP result at Brno came last year, when he finished 14th from 15th on the grid.
With another four world championship points, Jack moves to 61 points for the season and retains his 10th place in the standings ahead of the next round of the series, which comes at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in just seven days’ time.
Full race results from the Czech Republic can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.