Jack equals a season-best result with a strong ride in tricky conditions at the San Marino GP.
Jack has made a welcome return to top form at the San Marino Grand Prix, the Australian rider equalling a season-best result with sixth place in treacherous conditions at Misano on Sunday.
After practice and qualifying were held in dry conditions, the heavens opened at the circuit located on the Adriatic Coast on race day, and Jack, a renowned wet-weather specialist, spied a chance to pounce from 14th place on the grid as the rain teemed down before the start.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider started quite brilliantly from the fifth row, scything past rivals left and right and surviving a big wobble at the second corner to end the first lap in seventh place, and soon joined with fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow in pursuit of pole-sitter Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), who was fifth.
Jack and Crutchlow passed Vinales and then swapped places for fifth on lap six before Crutchlow crashed on the following lap, which left Jack in fifth place.
When Loris Baz (Ducati) crashed on lap 10, Jack was again on Vinales’ tail in fifth place, and stayed there until he was overtaken by Ducati’s Michele Pirro on lap 20, falling to sixth position.
With the track drying, Jack remained in the same spot until the chequered flag on lap 28, finishing 5.4 seconds adrift of Pirro and nine seconds ahead of seventh-placed Scott Redding (Ducati) to equal his result at the Dutch TT at Assen in June as his best of 2017.
“At the start of the race I felt I had more pace than Vinales and Crutchlow, but by the end of the race my pace dropped and I probably switched the engine map too late to help look after the rear tyre,” Jack said afterwards.
“It was good on the edge but I had lost some drive grip and it wasn’t possible to hold off Pirro in the final laps. This was my best weekend in the second half of the season so far, and with some good points I am looking forward to the next race in Aragon.”
The race was won by Honda’s Marc Marquez, who equalled Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the top of the championship standings on 199 points.
Jack moves up one position to 13th overall with 53 points ahead of the next race, at Aragon in Spain on September 24.
Full race results from Misano can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.