Jack soldiers on to 16th as injury restricts his progress at Silverstone.
Jack has finished 16th in his comeback to MotoGP action on Sunday at the British Grand Prix, bravely completing the 19-lap distance at the demanding Silverstone circuit after struggling with injury for much of the weekend.
Jack had missed the recent races in Austria and the Czech Republic after injuries sustained in a Sunday morning warm-up accident at the Red Bull Ring, where he suffered hairline fractures to his back and his right wrist. Back in action in Silverstone, it was also discovered that Jack had a small fracture in his right hand, which made braking at the high-speed circuit even more difficult.
Jack was in his element in the typically unpredictable British autumn weather on Saturday, qualifying a career-best 12th and making it through to Q2 for the first time in his MotoGP career after a superb lap in difficult conditions in Q1. A crash in Q2 before he’d set a timed lap saw him line up in 12th on race day.
Sunday’s race was halted on lap one after a heavy crash between Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro, and when it re-started, Jack gained a place on lap one and then jumped to 10th on lap three when British rider Scott Redding crashed. Redding’s teammate Danilo Petrucci then relegated Jack back to 11th on lap five, and he ran in that place for several laps before his pre-race painkilling injection for his hand began to wear off.
Jack’s pace slowed as he attempted to simply make it to the chequered flag, and while he was disappointed to fall outside the top 15 points-paying positions on the third-last lap, he saw the finish and should be in better shape for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano next weekend.
“Today’s race was a difficult one for me, and the biggest issue I had was with the rear tyre,” Jack said.
“I had a really good start in both races and I felt really comfortable in the opening laps. But after about five laps I started to have some issues with grip on the right side of the rear tyre. I was just out there doing laps for the remainder of the race and making sure I didn’t take any risks to avoid crashing. It was impossible for me to fight with anybody and I was happy to get in 19 laps on the bike after a difficult time with injuries. But I am disappointed because I’m sure I could have picked up some important points today.”
Jack now sits in 15th place overall with 42 world championship points despite missing three races with injury this year.
Full race results from Silverstone can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.