Jack matches his best dry-weather result with a superb showing at Le Mans.
Jack has kept his outstanding start to 2018 going in France, finishing fourth in Sunday’s 27-lap race at the Le Mans circuit to equal his best dry-weather performance in MotoGP.
Starting from seventh on the grid, Jack finished less than a second off the podium and 6.314 seconds behind race-winner Marc Marquez (Honda), who extended his championship advantage to 36 points with his third successive victory.
Jack didn’t get the best of starts but was able to retain seventh place after the first lap, and after finishing a promising fourth on the timesheets in Sunday morning warm-up, looked to move forward. Tagging onto the back of a group that featured Alma Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Jack moved up a place on lap five when race-leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) crashed, and then a further spot to fifth when home favourite Johann Zarco (Yamaha) fell on lap eight.
On lap 14, Jack passed early race-leader Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) for fourth, and set off after Rossi and the final step on the podium. Jack kept pace with the nine-time world champion until lap 22, when his soft front/soft rear tyre combination started to hurt under the sunny French skies, the track temperature the highest it had been all weekend at 45 degrees.
He stayed in fourth place for the remainder of the race but could never challenge Rossi for the final rostrum spot, finishing 0.964secs adrift at the end of the 27 laps, matching his fourth place in Argentina in round two.
Jack also set the third-fastest lap of the race on lap 17, a 1min 32.390secs lap that was 0.078secs slower than Marquez’s fastest lap of the race on the same tour.
“It was a good race, I’m pleased to have been with the front group all the time,” Jack said.
“I tried to take Valentino for the podium but in the end I wasn’t able to do it. I would like to congratulate ‘Petrux’ for his result and thank the team for the work they have done this weekend. It’s a great team and they deserve this result.”
With the result, Jack climbs to a career-best sixth in the championship with 49 points ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello on June 3.
Full race results from France can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.