Jack starts and finishes 10th to get his 2018 campaign underway at Losail.
Jack has achieved a top-10 result in his first race with the Alma Pramac Racing Team, the Australian finishing 10th in Sunday’s season-opening Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit.
Starting from 10th on the grid, Jack lost an early place to Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, but the Ducati rider soon re-passed the Spaniard on the second lap to latch onto the back of the main group, led by pole-sitter Johann Zarco (Yamaha). The pace of the frontrunners was ferocious and tyre wear was always going to be an issue as the race progressed, and Jack, who started on the medium (front) and soft (rear) Michelin rubber, had a moment at Turn 15 on the eighth lap that saw him stay in ninth place, but clearly disturbed his rhythm.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) breezed by but then fell on lap 13, the same lap that Suzuki’s Alex Rins also crashed out, meaning Jack retained ninth place until Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) overtook him on lap 14.
He was able to regain ninth from Andrea Iannone when the Suzuki rider made a mistake with seven laps to go, but the Italian was able to claim the position back with four laps remaining, consigning Jack to a 10th-place result.
Jack finished 14.594 seconds behind race-winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), with world champion Marc Marquez (Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) rounding out a podium that was separated by just 0.797secs after 22 laps.
“It was a good race, but in the end I couldn’t push like I wanted because I started to have a lack of feeling with the front tyre, especially in the right turns,” Jack said.
“I’m still happy to take this top 10 and with what we’ve done this weekend. I feel that we’re doing a great job with the team and this gives me a lot of confidence for the next race”.
Jack’s next race comes on April 8, where he’ll tackle the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo for the Argentinian Grand Prix.
Full race results from Qatar can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.