Jack makes it three top-10 results in three 2017 starts with a 10th place in America.
Jack has made it three top-10 finishes in as many races to start the 2017 season, coming home 10th at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin on Sunday afternoon.
Jack started from 12th on the grid after his best-ever dry-weather qualifying effort, where he made Q2 for the first time this season and the third time in his MotoGP career. He gained two places on the first lap and soon settled into eighth after a dramatic crash for Yamaha’s championship leader Maverick Vinales on lap two.
He stayed in eighth place while hunting down Ducati’s three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo for the next 10 laps, Jack on the harder-compound rear Michelin tyre while Lorenzo and teammate Andrea Dovizioso stayed ahead on the soft rear rubber. Jack had high hopes of pushing past both red bikes, but was passed by the recovering Suzuki of Andrea Iannone on lap 14 and demoted to ninth.
Jack was then dropped back to 10th on the penultimate lap when overtaken by the Ducati of Danilo Petrucci, but was able to fend off Yamaha’s Jonas Folger on the final lap to maintain his unblemished run of top-10 results this year, Sunday’s race coming after he’d finished ninth in Argentina last time out, and eighth in the season-opener in Qatar in March.
“I had good speed from the start of the race, but it is just so difficult to overtake, I was losing so much time off the slow corners and it is not easy to make it up in the braking zones,” Jack said afterwards.
“All I could was wait and hope Lorenzo made a mistake, and then towards the end of the race I lost some feeling with the front. It was another solid result, I got some points with a top 10 finish and learnt a lot.”
The race in Austin was won by Marc Marquez (Honda) for the fifth year in a row, Jack finishing 18.494secs adrift.
Dating back to Australia last year, Jack has now finished the past six races in the points, the longest run in his three-year premier-class career.
With 21 points for the season, Jack sits 10th in the world championship standings, with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi taking over at the front on 56 points after Vinales’ non-finish.
With the flyaways to start the season now over, Jack and the rest of the grid will return to Europe for the next race on the calendar, the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on May 7.
Full race results from Austin can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.