Jack crashes out early at Jerez to end points-scoring streak.
Jack’s run of top-10 point-scoring finishes to start 2017 has come to a sudden halt, the Australian crashing out on lap six of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
Jack started from 10th place after earning a direct passage into Q2 following a strong practice run at Jerez, finishing third and second in mixed conditions on Friday, and then 10th in Saturday’s all-important FP3.
In the race, Jack gained two places into the first turn, but was pushed out wide by Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo at the Dry Sack corner to end the first lap in ninth place. Lorenzo’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso passed Jack on lap two and he settled into 10th place, but the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider fell in an incident with Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista at the first corner on lap six, both riders ending up in the gravel trap, their races over.
Race stewards investigated the incident, with Jack fined 1000 Euros for pushing Bautista afterwards.
On his return to the pits, Jack lamented the chance of another strong points haul going begging.
“It was a positive weekend until the race,” he said.
“I had good pace in practice and felt comfortable with the bike. I got a good start but got caught up with a bunch of other riders on laps three and four and almost got cleaned up a couple of times. Then Alvaro threw it in deep on the brakes, lost the front and took me out when I was on target for another top-10 finish.
“It was real shame, but the positives are that I had great pace and I can take that forward to the race at Le Mans.”
With his six-race run of points finishes over, Jack now sits in 12th place in the championship standings on 21 points ahead of the next race at Le Mans in France in a fortnight.
Full race results from Spain can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.