A strong start has seen Jack turn his worst qualifying of the year into a top-10 result.
Jack has fought back from his worst qualifying performance of 2019 to salvage a ninth-place finish from Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano.
Struggles with getting the tyres in the ideal temperature window plagued Jack through all three practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, and after not making Q2 for the first time in six races, he could only manage sixth place in Q1, leaving him way down in 16th for the start of Sunday’s 27-lap race.
Jack knew he had to strike early to make any headway, and took a tight inside line into the first corner, bided his time, and pounced on the remainder of the opening lap to gain seven places, ending it in ninth place.
With Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) next in his sights, Jack concentrated on defending from Joan Mir’s Suzuki for the next 15 laps, eventually advancing to eighth on lap 16 when Mir’s teammate, British Grand Prix winner Alex Rins, crashed out of the race.
Mir eventually demoted Jack back to ninth with seven laps remaining, and while Jack’s lap times fell into the 1min 35sec bracket over the final five laps, he had enough margin to fend off Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci to take just his second top-10 result at Misano in five MotoGP starts.
Jack finished 26.554secs adrift of race-winner Marc Marquez (Honda), the championship leader prevailing in a final-lap dice with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo to win his seventh race of 2019.
“To be honest, this hasn’t been a great weekend,” Jack said.
“The feeling was never at the top and we struggled with all the tyres we tried, but we took important points for the standings.”
Quartararo’s second place, along with the seven points earned by Jack for ninth, saw the French rookie leapfrog the Australian in the riders’ championship and independent team riders’ standings, Jack now sitting eighth overall with 101 points ahead of the next race, at Aragon in Spain next weekend.
Full race results from Misano can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Pramac Racing.