No joy for Jack at the Sachsenring, as he struggles to a 15th-place result.
Jack has struggled to a 15th-place finish at the German Grand Prix on Sunday, where Repsol Honda rider and reigning world champion Marc Marquez won for the eighth year in succession at the Sachsenring, the past five in the MotoGP class.
Jack started from 13th on the grid after just missing out on a place in Q2 on Sunday, and with rain looming, the renowned wet-weather specialist would have eyed a chance to move forwards in the race.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider passed Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone on lap two and settled into 12th place, but was soon overtaken by Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista on lap five. Jack was then demoted to 16th and out of the points-paying positions on lap eight by Johann Zarco (Yamaha), but was able to get back inside the top 15 when he overtook KTM wildcard rider Mika Kallio at the halfway stage of the 30-lap race.
With the weather holding off, Jack then spent the next nine laps in 15th place before advancing to 14th when Iannone crashed at Turn 12 with five laps remaining, but KTM’s Bradley Smith got by on the final lap, seeing Jack finish 15th and leave Germany with one world championship point, his deficit to Marquez 37.7 seconds at the finish.
“The front tyre was fine for the race distance but the rear was a different matter, it just didn’t work the way I expected it to after practice,” he said afterwards.
“The tyre was spinning on both sides from the start and three laps into the race it felt like it had already done the 30-lap race distance. And with so many left-hand turns with 10 laps to go I was pretty much out of grip, it was a strange feeling.
“I was expecting a really strong race here so this is a disappointing result, but I go to the summer break determined to return with a strong finish to the season.”
Jack drops one position in the world championship to 12th overall with 41 points at the mid-season break, with the next round of the series scheduled for Brno in the Czech Republic on August 6.
Full race results from Germany can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.