2014 Jerez Moto3 Race Results: Show Stopping Morning Encounter
Full Report and Results Below:
Romano Fenati has continued his strong form and rekindled his love affair with the Jerez circuit to take victory in the 2014 Moto3 race. The rejuvenated Italian, who took his first ever Grand Prix win at the Spanish circuit two seasons ago managed to keep his nose clean in a frenetic, fierce and physical contest. Fenati lead for large portions of the race which had as many as eleven riders jostling in the lead group at the half way stage. His lead was often challenged by local chargers Alex Rins and the hyper-aggressive Efren Vazquez. Typically the outcome of the race was decided at the final corner as Rins tried to dive up the inside of Fenati only to run wide and allow both Fenati and Vazquez through, it would still result in a much-needed first podium of the season for Rins.
Championship leader Jack Miller finished outside the podium positions for the first time this season, having to settle for fourth place. Despite leading the opening laps the Australian never quite settled into the groove of the race at the front, as Isaac Vinales who finished behind him in fifth proved a constant thorn in his side throughout the closing laps. The pair's scrap probably cost them both a chance at the podium positions in the end. Vinales' team mate Jakub Kornfeil had a strong late run but had to be satisfied with sixth place ahead of a disappointing Alex Marquez who lead the morning's warm up session.
Italian duo Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini finished the race in eighth and ninth places respectively as Husqvarna rider Niklas Ajo rounded out the top ten. The race saw crashes for Livio Loi, Scott Deroue, Gabriel Rodrigo, Eric Granado and Niccolo Antonelli, who was cruelly taken out by his compatriot Francesco Bagnaia on lap three after starting from a career best second place on the grid. Mahindra riders Arthur Sissis and Brad Binder both retired with reported clutch faults.
The result means that Jack Miller's Championship lead over Romano Fenati is cut to five points heading into what will surely be another breathtaking encounter at Le Mans in two weeks time.
|15||1||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||14.907|
|16||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||15.586|
|23||22||Ana CARRASCO||Kalex KTM||47.525|
|26||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||48.141|
|28||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||+1'22.490|
|11||Livio LOI||Kalex KTM||7 Laps|
|41||Brad BINDER||Mahindra||8 Laps|
|9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||9 Laps|
|91||Gabriel RODRIGO||KTM||16 Laps|
|23||Niccolò ANTONELLI||KTM||21 Laps|
|61||Arthur SISSIS||Mahindra||21 Laps|
|57||Eric GRANADO||KTM||0 Lap|