2014 Brno Moto3 Race Result: Seventeen Bikes And Premature Exultation

Race Report follows.

As the lights went out, Isaac Vinales took to first place ahead of Alex Marquez and a charging Enea Bastianini, but Vinales was unable to keep with the leading pack and was relegated to the middle of the crowded track. John McPhee suffered another crash at the hands of Jorge Navarro and was quoted as saying "Navarro's an idiot. Simple as that," about his rival's actions on the second lap.

With dry weather throughout, and the wide, sweeping track, a seventeen bike charge covered by under two seconds was no surprise. Alex Marquez, Alexis Masbou, Alex Rins, Brad Minder and Enea Bastianini took turns at the front, but couldn't break away from the bikes behind.

The race was all seventeen riders at the front jockeying for position and, with three laps left, Jack Miller made his way through to the front from his comfortable seat in sixth place, trading places with Alex Marquez, Alex Rins and Enea Bastianini while Alexis Masbou and Danny Kent taking their places behind the fighting at the front.

With two laps to go, Danny Kent in fourth place had a little wobble, giving the front three a small gap to fight. As Jack Miller, Alex Marquez and Alex Rins crossed the line, Rins celebrated what he thought was a win as he slipped past the others to lead over the line. As he realised his mistake, he put his right hand back on the throttle and recovered for ninth.

On the last corner, five riders jousted, with Alexis Masbou block-passing Jack Miller for the lead, chopping a few km/h of momentum off the Australian, as the five charged to the line.

Alexis Masbou took his maiden victory, with Enea Bastianini sneaking through in second and Danny Kent timing his charge perfectly in third, pipping Alex Marquez to the podium. Jack Miller's fifth place behind Marquez reduced his title lead by two points.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 40'59.759
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM +0.157
3 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna +0.187
4 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda +0.200
5 8 Jack MILLER KTM +0.217
6 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra +0.310
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra +0.470
8 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda +0.549
9 42 Alex RINS Honda +0.910
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM +1.009
11 5 Romano FENATI KTM +1.042
12 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna +1.061
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +1.191
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +1.809
15 98 Karel HANIKA KTM +1.838
16 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM +1.944
17 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM +12.764
18 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra +14.759
19 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM +15.179
20 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra +15.193
21 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra +15.258
22 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda +21.659
23 51 Bryan SCHOUTEN Mahindra +21.721
24 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM +26.792
25 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra +26.828
26 61 Arthur SISSIS Mahindra +27.033
27 57 Eric GRANADO KTM +36.752
28 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM +1'04.397
29 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM +1'06.287
  43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 7 Laps
  22 Ana CARRASCO Kalex KTM 7 Laps
  91 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 8 Laps
  17 John MCPHEE Honda 18 Laps
  99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 18 Laps

 

Round Number: 
11
2014
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Comments

This may be seen as the junior class, but sure as hell, I for one am comfortable with the beginning and the end of M2 whilst watching the main event from the corner of my eye. M3 is absolutely riveting stuff.
Hey!!! In the interest of cost cutting, the spectacle and blah, the GPC and Dorna should fast track a 2 class series. Namely, 250 4 stroke singles and 500 4 stroke twins.
No need for more air bags, catch fences, run offs.
600 Honda series within the ambit of 2 wheel racing is soooo boring. No disrespect to Tito/Mika and Co, but really!
Hell!! Such a system would surely 'cull out' the prima donna's causing a bottleneck at the top of the game.

Totally agree regarding Moto 2.

Use an FIM control ecu, 17,000 rev limit and open up to any 4 cylinder 600cc within the already established limits of supertock racing or even supersport.

Costs would tumble for engines if teams can get them built by any half decent tuner.

I think Dorna has signed a long term contract with its own company for engine supply.

The prospect of opening up Moto2 to other engine suppliers could be fraught with danger - oil on the tracks.

The present system sees the engines guaranteed, and refreshed.

When was the last time we saw a Moto2 bike stop with mechanical problems?

Well, I was on my seat for the whole of that race.
If that isn't the best Moto3 race ever, then I must have been dreaming....

When I was still in school, I discovered the Jerry Springer Show, and it became a guilty pleasure of mine. This was right around the time he changed his format to essentially "Trash TV." As a teenager, this fit with my comic sensibilities perfectly, and there was nothing else like it on television (we're talking loooong before there were Kardashians or Jersey trash or whatever).

What does this have to do with motorcycle racing? Well, the Jerry Springer Show burned brightly but briefly in my attention span. As "groundbreaking," if you want to call it that, as it was to me, I eventually numbed to the shock of it a little, and I then started seeing the flaws. Eventually, I just got tired of watching essentially the same thing over and over again, and it became too clearly forced and fake.

I'm getting that way a little bit with Moto3. On the one hand, it's CRAZY! There is no other two-wheeled racing series on asphalt in which you'll see such close racing, so much contact, so many lead swaps, so many bikes changing positions in a single corner, so many riders in contention for a race win or podium week in and week out.

On the other hand, it's maddeningly frustrating to watch! I'm glad I'm not really a fan of any particular rider and can just sit back and watch the fairing bashing, because if I were, I'd probably find myself pulling my hair out every weekend. Moto3 is starting to resemble somewhat of a random number generator. At most tracks it's suicide to be leading at the start of the last lap. In fact, I'd be curious to know if any races this season have featured a race winner that also lead the most laps during the race. There's simply no way that 17 riders in that field are that close in talent. There are superior riders that are finding it impossible to get away due to aerodynamic realities, and often times sheer luck determining finishing order (do you want to be lucky enough to be in third place entering the last corner or second place? Long run to the line at this track, so maybe fourth place?...). These really are bicycle races, determined entirely by drafting strategy, and I have mixed feelings about it. As a fan of racing racing in general with no real allegiance to any particular rider, it's a Springer-esque buffet of "no way!" and "holy crap!" and "did you see that!?" over the course of the race, as the slipstream keeps the riders so close that they're forced to duke it out in the corners the whole race long. But it seems like every race lately, after the lead group crosses the checkered flag, I find myself thinking, "Aren't I just watching basically the same episode over and over again?" If you're actually interested in the result of the race, might as well just skip to the very last corner, as the rest of the race doesn't seem to matter.

Case in point (and this is definitely fuzzy memory at work here, so do correct any inaccuracies): Jack Miller, leading the race after a crazy brawl to the front, gets stuffed in the final corner, has to barely let off the throttle to avoid collecting Masbou--alright, so far this is all fair, exciting stuff--and drops from first to fifth!? Random position on track after a race-long battle results in losing three finishing positions in a matter of twenty meters?

I'm definitely in the camp that bemoans the large finishing gaps in MotoGP and bizarrely processional racing in Moto2 this season, but Moto3 is almost too far in the other direction. I guess I kind of miss the first season of Moto2: my favorite racing I've ever witnessed. Massive grids, close racing, fairing bashing, lots of different winners and podium finishers, yet a racer could definitely earn a win by being the most talented rider on the day--luck wasn't the primary determining factor.

I'm still going to crack out to the Moto3 race next weekend--might even be the only race I don't skip the middle of, but I can see, just like with Jerry Springer, that this freak show is eventually going to get old.

Just my long-winded take.