Jack’s superb qualifying counts for nothing after a mid-race fall in Japan.
Jack’s dry run at the Japanese Grand Prix has continued, with the Australian crashing out of a top-10 position 11 laps into Sunday’s 24-lap race at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit on Sunday afternoon.
The Alma Pramac Racing Ducati rider started the race from the front row after a brilliant burst to third in qualifying, and almost came to blows with Yamaha rider Johann Zarco off the start before passing the Frenchman for second place at the first corner.
Championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda) overtook Jack at Turn 9 on the opening lap, but Jack continued to hold third place until lap four, when he was passed by Honda’s Cal Crutchlow.
Jack’s admitted gamble to race with soft-compound front and rear Michelin tyres began to backfire on lap five, when Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi swept by, and he was passed by Suzuki pair Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone two laps later.
Zarco was able to re-pass Jack on lap 11, and Jack then crashed at Turn 9 on the same lap for his first DNF since Catalunya in round seven, and just his third this season. Jack is yet to score a point in the premier class at Motegi.
“It’s a shame because the weekend was really positive,” Jack said.
“The race pace wasn’t bad and I felt like I could close the gap to Rins and Iannone but after Zarco overtook me, I made a mistake in braking and crashed.”
The race was won by Marquez, who sealed his fifth MotoGP world championship with three Grands Prix remaining.
Jack drops to 13th in the standings with 74 points ahead of the next race, his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island in Australia next Sunday.
Full race results from Japan can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.