Lap seven crash halts Jack’s Japanese GP while running in the points.
Jack’s return to MotoGP action has unfortunately been a brief one, the Aussie rider crashing out on lap seven of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
Jack had missed four of the past five races leading into Japan after his Sunday morning warm-up accident for round 10 in Austria, competing only in the British GP in that time as he recovered from back, wrist and hand injuries.
After qualifying a decent 14th on Saturday despite two crashes in the third of four practice sessions, Jack made a strong start to Sunday’s 24-lap race, advancing two spots on the first lap of the heavy-braking 4.8km circuit.
Ducati rider Scott Redding passed Jack for 12th on lap two, and the Marc VDS rider settled into a rhythm in 13th, looking to consolidate with a points finish before his fall at the first corner on lap seven, the front-end of his Honda washing away under braking.
“I just made a small mistake and braked a little too late and lost the front end in turn one,” Jack said afterwards.
“I tried to stay on the racing line but I was a little too fast and just tucked the front. I was pushing hard to stay in the group with Scott, (Danilo) Petrucci, (Alvaro) Bautista and (Stefan) Bradl and it was shaping up as a nice little battle until I made the mistake and it was all over.”
With three races remaining in 2016, Jack sits in 18th place in the world championship with 42 points. Sunday’s race was won by Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez, the Spaniard sealing his third MotoGP world title in the past four years.
Jack’s next race will be on home shores at Phillip Island, with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix set for next Sunday, October 23.
Full race results from Japan can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.