Jack out in first-corner crash after aiming for points in Italy.
Jack’s Italian Grand Prix ended almost as soon as it started on Sunday afternoon at Mugello, with the Australian involved in a three-bike crash at the first corner of the 23-lap race.
Starting from 17th on the grid, Jack tipped into the first corner but was collected by the Aprilia of Spaniard Alvaro Bautista, with the Ducati of Frenchman Loris Baz also involved in the accident. All three riders were out on the spot, a bitter pill for Jack to swallow after showing much-improved pace on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda across the weekend.
It was Jack’s third non-finish in five races this season, and while he was relieved to avoid further injury in the crash, he was understandably frustrated not to be able to push for the points in a race where just 16 of the 21 starters saw the chequered flag.
“I don’t really know what happened – I think it was Bautista’s sliding bike that took me out,” said Jack after the race.
“We were going through the corner normally, and I just got hit by another bike. It was a racing incident – you can’t control what’s out of your hands.
“I didn’t get the greatest of starts, but that’s what happens when you qualify that far down the grid. It’s a shame, I felt good about doing a strong race.”
Jack will turn his attentions to the upcoming Grand Prix of Catalunya in Barcelona in two weeks’ time, the circuit where he had the best finish of his rookie year last season in 11th place.
Full race results from Italy can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.