Jack secures his best MotoGP result in Germany after second-row start.
Jack has taken his best finish in five MotoGP visits to the Sachsenring, coming home sixth in Sunday’s 30-lap German Grand Prix.
Starting from fifth on the grid, his best premier-class qualifying in Germany and as the leading Ducati rider, Jack ambushed Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo and Suzuki’s Alex Rins into the first corner to advance to third, but was quickly deposed to fifth by lap three after being overtaken by Rins and then Cal Crutchlow (Honda) into Turn 12.
Jack then spent the first half of the race in fifth place, being pursued by factory Ducati pair Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, Suzuki’s Joan Mir, and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi. As one of just four riders electing to run the soft-compound Michelin tyre for the race, Jack began to struggle with tyre wear and fell to seventh on lap 19, which became sixth after Rins dramatically crashed out of a comfortable second place.
Jack closed up on stablemates Petrucci and Dovizioso in the closing stages and briefly moved to fourth with three laps to go as the Italian pair ran wide while fighting at the first corner, but eventually settled for sixth place and 10 world championship points, the three Ducatis separated by less than three-tenths of a second over the line.
Jack finished 16.836secs behind race-winner Marc Marquez (Honda), the world championship leader winning his 10th race in succession at the circuit.
“To be honest, I thought I could do better,” Jack said.
“I had the pace to attack the two official Ducati on the last lap but in the end, I preferred not to make mistakes and take home important points that allow me to go on holiday as the first Independent rider.
“You’re fighting your instincts, because the last thing you want to do is screw up another Ducati rider’s race. I had a few opportunities to pass but I didn’t take them, and I was kind of letting them make their mistakes and trying to benefit from them if they happened.”
With 70 points, Jack advances one position in the series standings to seventh ahead of the mid-season break, the next race taking place at Brno in the Czech Republic on Sunday August 4.
Full race results from Germany can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing.