Jack says farewell to the 2016 season with another points finish, this time at Valencia.
Jack has signed off on the 2016 MotoGP season with a third successive points finish, the Marc VDS rider coming home 15th in the 18th and final race of the season at Valencia in Spain on Sunday.
The result was Jack’s seventh top-15 finish of a season where he made his big career breakthrough with a win at Assen in round eight, and he finished 18th in the world championship with 57 points.
After finishing 10th at home in Phillip Island and eighth last time out in Malaysia, hopes were high that Jack could advance from his starting spot of 15th when the lights went out on Sunday for 30 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, and Jack made a strong initial getaway to pass Ducati pair Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci on lap one to jump up to 13th place.
Petrucci and Aprilia’s Alvaro Bautista made their way past Jack on lap three to demote him to 15th, and he spent much of the rest of the race locked in a fight for the final point-scoring positions with Bautista’s teammate Stefan Bradl, and Ducati rider Eugene Laverty. Jack was able to briefly move up to 14th on lap 17 when fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow crashed out of the race, and while Bradl passed him a lap later, he eventually finished ahead of Laverty by 2.6 seconds to claim 15th and the final world championship point available.
“This is not the result I wanted but I struggled right from the beginning of the race with a full fuel load, I just couldn’t push as hard as I wanted,” Jack said afterwards.
“The guys ahead got a gap, and by the time I got some pace mid-race it was too late. Towards the end I struggled with wheelspin and also the downshifts into turn one. But I’m happy to bring it home in the points.”
Jack’s attentions now turn to 2017 pre-season testing, with the entire field back in action at Valencia on Tuesday to begin preparations for next year’s 18-race campaign.
Full race results from Valencia can be found on motogp.com here.
Photos courtesy of Marc VDS.