Right hand injury forces Jack out of San Marino GP.
Jack has had to withdraw from the San Marino Grand Prix on race day after pain from his right hand, injured in a crash at the Austrian Grand Prix in mid-August, became too much.
Jack missed Austria and the following race in the Czech Republic, but came back for last weekend’s British Grand Prix, where he finished 16th after battling fading tyres and dealing with the effects of a small fracture in his right hand, which he discovered on the Silverstone weekend.
As well as the hand injury, Jack has been dealing with factures to his back and his right wrist after the fall in Sunday warm-up in Austria, and injury has now caused him to miss four of the 13 rounds this year.
Jack had qualified 17th at Misano on Saturday, but didn’t participate in Sunday warm-up, withdrawn just prior to the final session before the race with what the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team said was “too much pain in his injured right hand due to the physical demands of the Misano circuit”.
Jack said: “Misano is a much more physically demanding track to ride than Silverstone and my right hand has been getting worse each day. Every time I got off the bike the swelling was more. It’s not painful, but I was lacking power in the hand and you need to have that here for the hard braking areas. I thought long and hard about it last night, but it simply wasn’t safe for me to ride a 28-lap race with this problem. Now I am focused only on recovery and getting back on the bike as soon as I am fully fit again.”
With a fortnight between Misano and the following round of the championship at Aragon in Spain, Jack will now aim to regain full fitness before round 14 of the season on September 25.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.