FENATI AND VIÑALES GIVE KTM 1-2 IN MUGELLO MOTO3 GRAND PRIX!
Italian Romano Fenati made it a special day for the Italian fans at Mugello on Sunday when he pulled off victory in the tightest and most fiercely contested Moto3 race so far this season. Isaac Viñales of Spain was declared second in a photo finish with Alex Rins, making it a 1-2 for KTM.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller crashed out on his KTM RC 250 GP bike in the final lap but still leads the championship by five points. Miller and Romano Fenati, also 1-2 in the overall standings, have between them won all six races so far held in the 2014 World Championship, delivering a perfect scorecard for KTM this season.
Five laps before the finish it was clear that the race was wide open with a group of 13 riders challenging at every corner and the lead constantly changing back and forth between the top riders.
Miller was in the lead with two laps ago and it looked like his well-known late braking was going to serve him well. Then in one quick move, the order had completely changed. Miller was down in turn 12 and had to retire.
Miller: "There was a moment in which I was in third and fighting for second on the last lap. Masbou overtook me on the corner and I had to pass him on the straight. It was hard to close off the line on the first corner, because there were so many people behind me. I tried to regain some places on the final lap, but when I went into turn 12 Oliveira blocked me off. I touched his rear wheel and had to pick the bike up. Then Marquez clipped me from behind. It was completely my mistake, a rookie mistake.” He said he wanted to learn from the experience and come back stronger in the next round, the GP of Catalunya.
Fenati, racing in the colors of the Italian flag seized the initiative and the race was his while behind him there was a battle of attrition for the minor place, finally only decided by a photo.
It was a good day out for Red Bull KTM Ajo’s rookie Karel Hanika of Czech Republic who recovered from some early race difficulty to finish in a strong tenth place for six more championship points.
Hanika: "I made a pretty good start, but on the first corner someone touched me and I lost six or seven positions. I got another knock at the exit of Turn 3. From then on the race pace was very good, and I stuck with the first group.”
Next Round: June 15, 2014 – Barcelona (ESP)
Results Moto3 Mugello
1. Romano Fenati (ITA), KTM, 39:46.256 min (24 laps)
2. Isaac Viñales (ESP), KTM, +0.010 sec
3. Alex Rins (ESP), Honda, +0.011
4. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Mahindra, +0.121
5. Niklas Ajo (FIN), Husqvarna, +0.260
8. Juanfran Guevara (ESP), KALEX-KTM, +5.230
10. Karel Hanika (CZE), KTM, +5.395
13. Philipp Öttl (GER), KALEX-KTM, +25.711
16. Luca Grünwald (GER), KALEX-KTM, +26.005
19. Livio Loi (BEL), KALEX-KTM, +38.450
20. Ana Carrasco (ESP), KALEX-KTM, +38.516
23. Eric Granado (BRA), KTM, +39.082
26. Gabriel Ramos (VEN), KALEX-KTM, +1:09.125 min
DNF Jack Miller (AUS), KTM, +1 lap
DNF Enea Bastianini (ITA), KTM, +1 lap
DNF Scott Deroue (NED), KALEX-KTM, +1 lap
DNF Jakub Kornfeil (CZE), KTM, +6 laps
DNF Francesco Bagnaia (ITA), KTM, +11 laps
DNF Niccolo Antonelli (ITA), KTM, +16 laps
DNF Hafiq Azmi (MAL), KTM, +18 laps
Standings Moto3 after 6 of 18 rounds
1. Miller, 104 points
2. Fenati, 99
3. Rins, 87
4. Efren Vazquez (ESP), Honda, 76
5. Viñales, 64
8. Kornfeil, 37
9. Bagnaia, 36
13. Bastianini, 25
15. Loi, 17
16. Guevara, 17
17. Hanika, 14
21. Antonelli, 7
22. Öttl, 5
Manufacturers Standings after 6 of 18 rounds
1. KTM, 150 points
2. Honda, 112
3. Husqvarna, 39