2014 Aragon Moto3 Race Results: Contesting A Dry Line

The track dried out enough for slick tyres and the fog had lifted enough for the slightly delayed twenty-lap race to start.

Danny Kent got the better start and led Jack Miller through the first few corners and the pair were joined by Alex Rins and Alex Marquez. Five laps in, Jack Miller and Alex Marquez duelled for the lead and Miller made a pass around the outside, but, with Marquez on the inside, the dry line ran out and Miller tagged Marquez, and Miller as the outside rider, not conceding the line, took the worst of it and crashed out.

With Jack Miller pulling into the pits to get his bike duct taped up, returning three laps down, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez took to the front and took turns to lead as teammates determined to give their bosses something to smile about. At the halfway mark, Rins went wide, dropping a few places, and left Marquez, John McPhee and Jakub Kornfeil fighting for the lead. A few laps on, Romano Fenati joined the fray and, in the jostling, Marquez dropped two places into the path of McPhee, and McPhee took to the damp to avoid Marquez and lost grip and crashed out.

Romano Fenati and Alex Marquez quickly dropped off Jakub Kornfeil who was then passed by a resurgent Danny Kent. As the laps ticked down, Kent recorded fastest lap after fastest lap after fastest lap to get within sniffing distance of the slipstream of the front two and, after Fenati had a wobble, Kent was able to enter the fight for the win, passing Fenati for second place.

Roman Fenati showed the lack of self-preservation required of a winner as he rode exceedingly close to Kent, passing him confidently as all three riders then hit the back straight. Marquez took to the left of the track so he couldn't be slipstreamed, but Fenati didn't need it and he entered the last corner first, with Marquez and Kent in his tow.

Fenati held off Marquez for the win, with Kent in third while Alex Rins, eleven seconds behind, took fourth. Alex Marquez now leads the championship, eleven points ahead of Jack Miller. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 5 Romano FENATI KTM  
2 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda +0.057
3 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna +0.283
4 42 Alex RINS Honda +11.631
5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +18.382
6 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM +19.259
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra +23.706
8 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra +24.773
9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +37.023
10 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda +39.044
11 50 Hiroki ONO Honda +39.584
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM +1'02.015
13 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda +1'02.061
14 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra +1'02.238
15 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda +1'05.268
16 13 Jasper IWEMA Mahindra +1'05.282
17 57 Eric GRANADO KTM +1'06.486
18 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra +1'12.074
19 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM +1'21.830
20 91 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +1'25.126
21 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM +1'25.242
22 22 Ana CARRASCO Kalex KTM +1'35.044
23 98 Karel HANIKA KTM +1'37.368
24 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 1 Lap
25 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 1 Lap
26 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 2 Laps
27 8 Jack MILLER KTM 3 Laps
  17 John MCPHEE Honda 8 Laps
  16 Andrea MIGNO Mahindra 11 Laps
  65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 12 Laps
  99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 15 Laps
  19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 15 Laps
  58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 17 Laps
  9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 18 Laps
  3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
14
2014
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Comments

Yeah, worries me a bit. I am a fan, as in, a fellow Australian, so I wish him well and cheer. This is not the first time he's tangled with others, or the first time he's come away from something looking very frustrated and got-at. The impression I get, is that he is at his best - in terms of lap time and bike control - when he's quite committed and excited, the red mist has come down a bit. Trouble is, that does rather distort your view and bend your judgement. I'm not going to call him dumb, or say he has poor judgement or track skills, because I don't think either of those things are true, but he does seem to ride the bike best and quickest when he's quite excited and committed, and his judgement of tactics and situations and strategy does seem to suffer at those times.

Quite how you'd fix that, I don't know... My self, I'd like to be younger and richer and smarter and better looking, but how I'm going to make these things happen is another question.

From the overhead video on MotoGP.com it looks like Marquez was the one that ran out of dry line and drifted right enough to clip Miller, who was just in front by a wheel.

What was the outcome of the meeting that Race Direction called to take place after the final race?

I agree with Redboots. You can see Marquez lift his knee off the deck and widen the line to avoid the wet patch drifting right into Miller. From the overhead Miller enters the corner ahead and follows the dry line the whole way. marquez was the one off line......
Risky position for Miller to be in but he did no wrong. Marquez knew Miller was ahead the whole time and therefore had the duty of care to give enough room and not move into Millers space. It's more Marquez's fault than Millers.

It would have been ok if Miller's left boot hadn't got caught up under his bike. 

That's not how I remembered it, so in the interests of fairness I found footage of the crash from 3 different angles and watched them in slow mo.

Going into the corner Marquez is in front and Miller starts moving to pass on the outside.
Miller has better corner speed and by the apex he is half a wheel in front although they are basically side-by-side.
Just a fraction of a second before he crashed Miller turns in tighter ever so slightly causing him to touch Marquez and lose control and crash out.
As far as I can see Marquez kept a constant arc all the way around the corner. He didn't sit up, or run wide.

My opinion (and that's all it is) is that Jack made a risky move, made a very slight mistake executing it and paid a very heavy price.

A racing incident, but I fail to see any fault from Marquez.

rather than conceding first place and that's always a risky manoeuvre. For me there's no way that this is anything else than a racing incident. I can understand Miller being pissed off but should be with himself.

It's obvious already that there will be people who like Milller and those who don't. I just say lets not turn this into another Stoner syndrome, where negativity and animosity almost certainly spring up before the discussuon....

That said, what I saw clearly looked as though Miller was fighting to defend his position, and they entered the turn together with confidence in themselves and trust in one another. A.Marquez broke that trust... It's a tough lesson to learn not to put yourself at the merce of another but I hope Miller keeps on fighting this season, and looking forward to seeing him in MGP next year.

Jack needed to trust no one but himself. He should have trusted that he could concede the corner from his untenable position and survive to race for the win. That kind of boneheaded move suggests he might not even be mature enough to move up to Moto2.

They were 5 laps in, what was the point? Rossi might not be the only one needing his head examined today.

Broke the trust? Two guys, side by side, at max lean, at the limit, and.....shit happens! Not much good can happen when your on the outside of a turn. Not a Miller hater, or Marquez fanboy. Just a racing deal/incident.

Disappointed for Miller as he looked consistently the quickest. But if it was me I would have conceded the outside line and lived to fight later in the race.

I'm with the mad dog... It was never going to end well, discretion should have been the order of the day and live to fight at another corner down the track.

I can understand Miller being p.o'd, but he was just as culpable as Marquez.

miller "you drifted wide and made me crash"
marquez "you shouldn't have been there"

From what I saw both are true.
Miller made a bad decision in the heat of the moment in VERY treacherous conditions and paid a heavy price, Marquez gave no quarter and why would he, its the world championship. At the end of the day it was good entertainment, no one was hurt and I bet we're all thinking about it more than the guys that were actually involved