Jack fights back from last on lap one to push his way into the points.
Jack has fought his way back into the points after being pushed off track on the opening lap to finish 14th in the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on Sunday afternoon.
Starting from 14th on the grid, Jack made a decent getaway and was well placed at Turn 2 on the opening lap before being caught up in an accident. Pol Espargaro brushed Andrea Iannone (Suzuki), the KTM rider falling and sliding across the track as the bikes approached Turn 3 and taking out Iannone’s teammate Alex Rins, with Jack forced to the outside of the gravel trap to avoid the fallen riders and bikes.
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Jack fell to 21st and last, 11 seconds from the lead after the opening lap, and then began his recovery mission. By lap 11, he was up to 17th, passing Xavier Simeon (Ducati) on lap five and Karel Abraham (Ducati) on lap 10, and gaining places when Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami and teammate Honda’s Cal Crutchlow crashed out on laps six and 10 respectively.
Stefan Bradl (Honda) was the next man in Jack’s sights, and he passed the home rider on lap 16, and he overtook Bradl’s teammate Thomas Luthi a lap later to climb back into the points with 13 laps remaining.
Jack advanced to 14th place when he passed the Aprilia of Scott Redding with four laps left, and he just missed a chance to nab another spot on the final lap, former Marc VDS teammate Tito Rabat (Ducati) finishing 0.285secs ahead.
The race was won by pole-sitter Marc Marquez (Honda), who increased his series lead to 46 points with his sixth victory in succession in Germany.
“To be honest, I’m pleased to have been able to stay in the race after the clash with Espargaro,” Jack said.
“The race pace was good and I could have done the top 10. I’m still in the top 10 of the standings and I can’t wait to be in Brno to do a great race.”
Jack’s hard-fought two points sees his season tally to 57, meaning he retains 10th place overall ahead of the mid-season break before the Czech Republic Grand Prix on August 5.
Full race results from Germany can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.