2014 Sachsenring Moto3 Race Result: Vital Victory In Race Of High Attrition

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Under brilliant sunshine and perfect racing conditions Jack Miller has taken his fourth victory of the season during an incident packed race for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring. Championship leader Miller lead every lap from pole to take a decisive victory as he saw his title rivals Romano Fenati and Alex Rins crash out. Brad Binder rode a brilliant race and pushed Miller all the way to claim his first ever podium position, a well deserved result for the South African teenager. Frenchman Alexis Masbou rode a typically canny race to take the final podium place and edge out Alex Marquez and Danny Kent who claimed a morale boosting fifth.

Efren Vazquez crossed the line over 20 seconds behind the leaders but did well to avoid the chaos unfolding around him and finish in sixth after starting way down the order, he beat his team mate John McPhee to the line while Isaac Vinales put in a brave ride for eighth place after suffering with severe flu all weekend. Matteo Ferrari and Juanfran Guevara rounded out the top ten at the tail of a fierce battle that spanned back as far as eighteenth place midway through the race.

Alex Rins crashed at turn two on the opening lap after Gabriel Rodrigo had initially crashed at turn one. Enea Bastianini also crashed at the end of the opening lap as Bryan Shouten and Scott Deroue came together a lap later, the countrymen almost came to blows in the gravel trap. Championship challenger Romano Fenati then crashed on lap three as he was trying to charge his way through the field from 25th on the grid. In a race that saw no less than eleven riders retire Karel Hanika and Miguel Oliveira crashed out of the race with seven laps remaining while battling for sixth place and Niccolo Antonelli had yet another crash with three laps remaining, squandering a chance to score some decent points in seventh. 

Ultimately though Jack Miller extends his Championship lead to 19 points over Alex Marquez and did everything right throughout the race. The Australian kept his nose clean and reasserted his early season dominance over the junior class heading into the mid season break. 


Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 25 8 Jack MILLER KTM 39'26.927
2 20 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 0.180
3 16 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 1.119
4 13 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1.180
5 11 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 1.290
6 10 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 26.231
7 9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 26.336
8 8 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 26.474
9 7 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 26.583
10 6 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 26.735
11 5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 26.873
12 4 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 27.009
13 3 61 Arthur SISSIS Mahindra 27.305
14 2 57 Eric GRANADO KTM 30.084
15 1 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 45.125
16 17 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 45.539
17 5 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 46.025
18 68 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 46.110
19 8 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 56.787
20 70 22 Ana CARRASCO Kalex KTM 57.149
21 63 97 Maximilian KAPPLER FTR +1'09.312
22 23 91 Gabriel RODRIGO Husqvarna 1 Lap
23 9 86 Kevin HANUS Honda 1 Lap
Not Classified
    23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 3 Laps
    44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 8 Laps
    98 Karel HANIKA KTM 8 Laps
    55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 12 Laps
    11 Livio LOI KTM 14 Laps
    4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 15 Laps
    5 Romano FENATI KTM 24 Laps
    63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 24 Laps
    9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 26 Laps
    51 Bryan SCHOUTEN Mahindra 26 Laps
    42 Alex RINS Honda 0 Lap


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I am curious to see the decision from race direction about Schouten's "attack" on Deroue in the gravel which looked pretty darn ridiculous. I have no doubt that there will be a ruling on unsportsmanlike behaviour again and rightly so. If I remember correctly Niklas Ajo was banned for a race a few years ago after throwing a weak punch at a marshall, so if RD is consistent with their ruling, the attempted choking of Deroue or whatever move Schouten was going for should be penalised with enough points to have him sit out a race.

But anyway, quite a spectacular race to watch. A pity about the abundance of crashes, but excellent work from Miller yet again and well chuffed for Binder finding his feet and capping it off with a fantastic first podium finish. Smiles all around ahead of the holidays I'd say.

So pleased to see Brad finally get his first podium. I've followed him since his time in the rookies, he's a good clean rider and really deserves some success. We were on the edge of our seats all race and cheered as he crossed the line.

If only he could have managed it at Assen when we were there! ;)