Jack fights back late to snare 10th in searing heat in Buriram.
Jack has battled fading grip and scorching conditions to finish 10th in the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram on Sunday afternoon.
The race, held in searing 32 degree heat and track temperatures that rose into the mid-50s, attracted a crowd of over 100,000 fans for race day.
Jack started from 10th on the grid and was able to make a place on the opening lap despite running wide at the first corner, and quickly passed Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Alma Pramac Racing teammate Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) on the next lap to advance to seventh.
Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) demoted Jack to ninth on lap nine, and as one of just five riders who elected to use Michelin’s medium-compound front tyre, Jack ran into grip issues in the latter half of the race to drop to 12th, which became 11th when Pedrosa crashed at Turn 5.
Jack kicked late as the field started to spread out, re-passing Iannone for ninth with five laps to go, but he wasn’t able to keep Petrucci behind in the final stages, the Italian getting back past on the penultimate lap. Jack finished 11 seconds behind race-winner and world championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda), who edged Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) in a thrilling last-lap battle.
“It was a good race and I had a lot of fun,” Jack said.
“Unfortunately, I struggled with the rear tyre right from the start, especially in the left-hand corners. Halfway through the race, I tried to get closer to the front group and then there was a good battle with Danilo, Iannone and (Alvaro) Bautista. The temperature was really high, good training for Malaysia.”
With six world championship points, Jack moves his season tally to 74 and retains 12th place overall ahead of the next race, at Motegi in Japan on October 21.
Full race results from Thailand can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Alma Pramac Racing.