Jack shines in treacherous conditions at Sepang to finish the Malaysian GP in eighth place.
Jack has made it two top-10 finishes in the space of seven days by finishing eighth in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, which was held in treacherous conditions on a Sepang circuit soaked by a pre-race downpour.
The start was delayed by 20 minutes and the race reduced by one lap to 19 laps, and from 14th on the grid, Jack made a superb getaway and was up to 10th by the first corner.
Jack muscled his way up to eighth on lap three but was overtaken by Avintia Ducati teammates Hector Barbera and Loris Baz a lap later, and spent much of the middle part of the race in 11th place after Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) passed him on lap nine.
Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow all fell on the slick surface after the halfway mark of the race, and Jack was able to get back to eighth place past the Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro with four laps remaining.
He was briefly overtaken by the Yamaha of Pol Espargaro with three laps to go, but got back to eighth to finish lap 17 and stayed there until the flag, finishing a second ahead of the Spaniard, and six seconds behind Bautista in seventh.
The race was won by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian becoming the ninth different race-winner in what has been a MotoGP season for the ages.
The eight points for eighth place elevate Jack one spot to 17th in the world championship, past Yamaha rider Bradley Smith, while Malaysia is his fifth top-10 result of the 2016 season to go with 10th at Catalunya, his maiden MotoGP win at Assen, seventh at the Sachsenring and 10th last weekend at home at Phillip Island.
“I’m always looking for more, but in the conditions today I can take this result, it was pretty good considering the really tricky conditions, it wasn’t easy to stay on the bike,” Jack said.
“All weekend I hadn’t been comfortable with our set-up in the wet so I’m reasonably happy to bring it home in the top 10 and be the first Honda rider.”
After three races in as many weekends, Jack will return to Europe and next be in action in the final race of 2016, at Valencia in Spain in two weeks’ time.
Full race results from Malaysia can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.