Jack has made it three top-10 finishes in a row in changing conditions at the Sachsenring.
Jack has taken his third successive top-10 finish in Germany on Sunday, the Marc VDS Honda rider finishing seventh after a chaotic 30-lap race at the Sachsenring that started in wet conditions but finished on a drying track.
The race, which was won by championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda), was a strategic battle where the decision on when to pit for slick tyres as the track dried became the decisive factor.
Jack was part of a five-rider pack at the front with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Cal Crutchlow (Honda), Hector Barbera (Ducati) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) who elected to stay out on rain tyres for as long as possible, and Jack inherited the lead on lap 24 as the other riders in the front group pitted. The lead was short-lived, as Marquez, who had pitted on lap 18 for slicks, was over six seconds a lap faster than the riders who had remained on wets, and the Spaniard demoted Jack to second place on lap 25, Jack pitting at the end of that lap.
Jack re-joined in seventh place after his pit stop but was quickly passed by Rossi and Barbera as his tyres got up to temperature, and ninth looked like his likely finishing position when he started the last lap. But he was able to overtake Barbera at the first corner, and then out-braked Rossi at the bottom of the hill at Turn 12, the penultimate corner. He held on to finish seventh, sixth-placed Dani Pedrosa (Honda) just over a tenth of a second ahead as the bikes flashed across the line.
Earlier, Jack had set up his race with a brilliant first lap in treacherous conditions, storming through from 16th on the grid to sixth at the end of the first lap, making up six places into the first corner alone. He passed Marquez for fourth at Turn 12 on lap six and spent the majority of the race in that position before dropping behind Crutchlow into fifth before the late-race tyre strategies played themselves out.
“It was a really good race and I can be happy with the result, but in all honesty I should have trusted my team more and come in earlier for the bike change,” Jack said afterwards.
“It’s a real shame I stayed out a little bit too long because I’m sure I could have been standing on the podium again. It was a tough call to make and there was about seven laps to go, and I kept thinking about finishing the race on the wet tyres. It was frustrating to see everybody come flying by me and I knew I had to come in and change. As soon as I went back out on slicks I just said ‘why didn’t I do this earlier?’
“It was a big lesson for me to take on board, but it was my first real flag-to-flag race and it’s good experience for me. I still had a lot of fun racing at the front with the likes of Valentino, and I nearly passed Dani on the last lap to take the top six. When I was out on the slicks at the end my pace was really competitive and that gives me a big boost of confidence for the future.”
Jack retains his 13th place in the overall standings, and now has 42 points, 40 of which have come in the past three races.
The MotoGP season now takes a four-week recess before the next race in Austria on August 14, but Jack will head to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg for a two-day test this week before embarking on his mid-season break.
Full race results from Germany can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.