Jack scores his first world championship points at the British GP to set a new single-season benchmark.
Jack has faded late in Sunday’s British Grand Prix to finish eighth from a front-row start, but was able to score his first premier-class points at Silverstone in his fourth MotoGP outing at the circuit.
After qualifying a superb third on Saturday, his third front-row start this season, Jack made an unusually tardy getaway when the lights went out for Sunday’s 20-lap race, and then had to brake heavily at the first corner to avoid an accident between Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), finishing the first lap in seventh place.
Jack slotted in behind Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) and Cal Crutchlow (Honda) for the first half of the race, finally passing Crutchlow at Stowe on lap 10 to claim sixth. Crutchlow muscled back past three laps later, and the pair continued to fight until lap 16, when Jack again claimed sixth place from his great mate.
Jack began to run into tyre troubles later in the race, with the Silverstone temperatures peaking for the weekend on race day, the newly-laid asphalt reaching 44 degrees. Crutchlow reclaimed sixth from Jack with three laps left, and Jack was then passed by Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) on the final lap to finish eighth and score eight world championship points.
The race was won by Alex Rins (Suzuki), who stunned championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda) with an audacious pass at the final corner on the final lap to win by just 0.013secs, Rins’ second victory of the season and of his MotoGP career. Jack finished 20.318secs behind the Spaniard.
“I lost positions at the start of the race due to the accident between Fabio and Dovi,” Jack explained.
“I tried to recover but I couldn’t get a good pace. The rear tyre didn’t help me. We took important points for the independent classification.”
The eighth top-10 result of Jack’s 2019 season, allied with the first-lap crash for Quartararo, saw Jack reclaim the lead in the Independent Riders’ standings with 94 points, which elevated him past the Frenchman into seventh place in the overall classification. The result confirms 2019 as Jack’s best season, surpassing the 91 points he scored last year for Pramac Racing with seven Grands Prix remaining.
The next race comes at Misano for the San Marino GP on Sunday September 15.
Full race results from Silverstone can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing.