Late crash denies Jack a career-best finish at Le Mans after running in 10th.
Jack’s chances of a career-best MotoGP finish have slipped through his fingers after a late crash at the French Grand Prix, in a race comfortably won by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
Just 13 of the 21 starters finished the 28-lap race, with seven riders crashing out under cloudy skies at the Le Mans circuit.
Jack started from 18th on the grid, and after a circumspect first few laps, gradually started to move forward. The Marc VDS Honda rider found himself inside the top 15 points-paying positions on lap seven after Andrea Iannone (Ducati) and Cal Crutchlow (Honda) both crashed out in separate incidents, and he passed Stefan Bradl (Aprilia) on lap nine to move up to 13th.
Jack then moved up to 12th on lap 16 by passing Ducati rider Eugene Laverty, and he gained two places when Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Honda’s Marc Marquez crashed in unison while fighting for a podium position. Jack appeared on track to better his 11th-place finish at Catalunya last season, his best MotoGP result to date, but fell two laps later, rueing a golden opportunity to score big points.
“It was a disappointing race,” Jack said afterwards.
“We pushed hard with a plan to have a strong weekend in Le Mans and it was looking good, but with 10 laps to go I came into corner seven and lost the front. It felt normal, like the lap before, not too fast, and then I just hit the bump and the bike disappeared from under me. Everyone struggled with the front tyre today and that is what happened to us.”
Jack is now 22nd in the world championship with two points as he prepares for round six of the season in Italy, with the race at Mugello taking place in a fortnight’s time.
Full race results from France can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.