THIRD MOTO3 WIN FOR JACK MILLER AT LE MANS GRAND PRIX!
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Jack Miller of Australia came out on top after the closest and most exciting of Moto3 races so far this season when he came from third and out-braked his opponents to steal the victory and move 30-points in front in the points.
Jack Miller's factory teammates in the Red Bull KTM Ajo garage broke into wild celebrations when he crossed the line nine hundredths of a second ahead of Alex Rins of Spain. KTM rider Isaac Viñales took the minor podium place. The race, round five of the 2014 Moto3 World Championship was certainly one of the most gripping and hard fought that this relatively new racing discipline has witnessed and also delivered KTM’s fifty-first GP victory!
Jack Miller: “It was a great fight and that's why I'm extremely happy. The bike worked really well. I would say it was as if it was on rails, but actually it was moving about a lot. That was my fault as I was accelerating too early to compensate a little. It was a fun race and it's always nice when you win a fight like this, so I'm very happy."
The Australian was by no means sure of the victory until the closing seconds. Rins, Viñales and veteran Efren Vazquez were all right in mix going into the final corners. But Miller held his nerve in the hard-fought braking battle and the big loser was Vazquez who went wide and finished sixth after a desperate attempt to seal his first career GP win.
Miller started on the second place on the grid, his fifth consecutive front row start. He got away well but five laps into the 24-lap race, as the lead changed quickly back and forth, it was already clear that there would be at least five contenders for the podium places.
Tension mounted as the race progressed and it became impossible to call as the field of potential winners expanded to seven riders. But in the final stages it was Miller, Rins, Alex Márquez and Vazquez who emerged as the favorites. There was a lot at stake for the Australian who had a narrow five-point lead before the race and was being closely challenged on the points table by both KTM rider Romano Fenati of Italy, who has shared the GP wins with Miller, and Vazquez. Fenati started back at tenth, was in the mix right up to the seventeenth lap but then retired with a technical issue.
Miller’s Red Bull KTM Ajo factory teammate Karel Hanika crashed out in turn eight on the sweeping Le Mans circuit in the early part of the race.
Miller leaves Le Mans with an impressive 30-point lead ahead of Fenati and with three GP wins from five rounds. He has also taken three pole positions and has only been off the podium once, after he finished fourth in Jerez, last weekend.
Next Round: June 1 – GP of Italy at Mugello Circuit
Results Moto3 Le Mans
1. Jack Miller (AUS), KTM, 41:30.582 min (21 laps)
2. Alex Rins (ESP), Honda, +0.095 sec
3. Isaac Viñales (ESP), KTM, +0.230
4. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA), KTM, +0.487
5. Alex Marquez (ESP), Honda, +0.931
7. Enea Bastianini (ITA), KTM, +1.026
10. Jakub Kornfeil (CZE), KTM, +2.173
15. Philipp Öttl (GER), KALEX-KTM, +22.226
16. Hafiq Azmi (MAL), KTM, +22.941
18. Luca Grünwald (GER), KALEX-KTM, +36.495
20. Livio Loi (BEL), KALEX-KTM, +37.299
22. Ana Carrasco (ESP), KALEX-KTM, +52.239
24. Gabriel Ramos (VEN), KALEX-KTM, +59.699
25. Scott Deroue (NED), KALEX-KTM, +1 lap
DNF Romano Fenati (ITA), KTM, +5 laps
DNF Niccolò Antonelli (ITA), KTM, +18 laps
DNF Karel Hanika (CZE), KTM, +21 laps
DNF Juanfran Guevara (ESP), KTM, +21 laps
DNS Eric Granado (BRA), KTM
Standings Moto3 after 5 of 18 rounds
1. Miller, 104 points
2. Fenati, 74
3. Efren Vazquez (ESP), Honda, 72
4. Rins, 71
5. Marquez, 60
6. Viñales, 44
7. Kornfeil, 37
8. Bagnaia, 36
11. Bastianini, 25
14. Loi, 17
16. Guevara, 9
17. Hanika, 8
18. Antonelli, 7
22. Öttl, 2
Manufacturers Standings Moto3 after 5 of 18 rounds
1. KTM, 125 points
2. Honda, 96
3. Husqvarna, 28