Jack finishes less than two seconds outside the points with 17th at Jerez.
Jack has persevered through the pain of his right foot injury to finish 17th in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, in a race won comfortably by Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.
Starting from 19th on the grid, Jack finished 49.5 seconds adrift of Rossi after the 27-lap race, and saw the chequered flag three seconds ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda teammate Tito Rabat, and 16 seconds ahead of final finisher Scott Redding (Ducati).
Jack held station off the grid before being passed by the slow-starting Ducati of Loris Baz for 19th on lap three, and moved up to 18th by lap 10 after the retirements of Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati). He then passed Redding for 17th on lap 14, and set his fastest lap of the race (1min 42.234secs) on lap 20.
Jack briefly passed Michele Pirro (Ducati) for 16th on the final lap, but the Italian edged back ahead just before the chequered flag, beating him over the line by less than a tenth of a second.
Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) finished just 1.5secs ahead of Jack for 15th and the final world championship point on offer, which would be have well deserved after a difficult afternoon.
Jack said his aims before the race were to “stay on and ride a smart race”, and after a non-finish in Argentina in round two and his non-start in Austin two weeks ago after his big crash in Friday practice, simply seeing the chequered flag counted as progress given his struggles with injury.
“It was a tough weekend but I am happy to have got through it safely and with a solid finish under my belt after the injury problems in Austin,” Jack said afterwards.
“I struggled throughout the race in the hairpins and it really showed in the early laps. I had no confidence and couldn’t make any passes, but I have to be positive because the heat made it a very physical race and my body held up really well, so all the training I’ve been able to do while still hurt has paid off.
“In the second part of the race I felt good because I’d worked hard to conserve my tyres. Maybe I saved them a bit too much, but it was important to finish and learn a lot.”
Jack now sits in 21st place in the championship after failing to add to his two points in the season-opener in Qatar last month. After Monday’s one-day post-race test at Jerez, he’ll next be in action at Le Mans for the French Grand Prix on May 8.
Full race results from Spain can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.