2014 Phillip Island Moto3 Race Result: A Fierce Slipstreaming Battle

Full Recap and Results Below.

Jack Miller has taken a hugely popular and nail biting victory following a chaotic Moto3 Grand Prix at Phillip Island, after starting eighth on the grid the young Australian timed his run to the line perfectly to hold off the charging Honda pairing of Alex Marquez and Alex Rins by three hundredths of a second. Marquez and Rins both had fantastic starts and lead the field in the early laps, Miller also got a great start and moved from eighth to fifth on the opening lap ensuring that he wasn't caught out by any break away attempts.

A leading group of eleven riders formed at the halfway stage of the race as the lead swapped lap after lap at the end of the front straight and into turn one, the Estrella Galicia Honda's held a clear advantage over the KTM's of Miller and Fenati down the chute and the battle for the slipstream turned out to be a crucial factor. Miller managed to lead onto the final lap and broke the tow of the Hondas; he swerved quickly to the left out of the final corner and won the dash to the line.

Efren Vazquez narrowly missed out on the podium by one hundredth of a second, taking fourth position ahead of his team mate John McPhee. Alexis Masbou made it five Honda's in the top six underlining their dominance around the seaside circuit. Miguel Oliveira headed up the second group of riders to claim seventh place aboard his Mahindra ahead of Jakub Kornfeil, Niklas Ajo and Niccolo Antonelli who rounded out the top ten.

Juanfran Guevara and Isaac Vinales had a coming together through the southern loop and crashed out of the leading group with fourteen laps remaining. It was an unfortunate outcome for Guevara after he started from his best ever grid position. Romano Fenati crashed out of the race heading onto the penultimate lap and a few corners later Brad Binder and Danny Kent collided and also both crashed out of the leading group.

Miller's victory sees Alex Marquez' Championship lead cut to 20 points heading into the final two races, at the very least Miller has ensured that the pressure remains on his Spanish rival and sets up a brilliant end to the Moto3 season. 

Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Diff Diff Prev
1 25 8 Jack MILLER KTM 37'25.209
2 20 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 0.029
3 16 42 Alex RINS Honda 0.032
4 13 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 0.044
5 11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 0.134
6 10 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 0.242
7 9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 2.753
8 8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 3.455
9 7 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 18.118
10 6 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 18.119
11 5 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 18.204
12 4 99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 18.226
13 3 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 18.278
14 2 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 18.544
15 1 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 20.468
16   13 Jasper IWEMA Mahindra 23.434
17   16 Andrea MIGNO Mahindra 25.892
18   38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 25.894
19   43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 35.571
20   52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 36.602
21   65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 40.291
22   95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 40.312
23   9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 40.514
24   3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 52.031
25   58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 56.233
26   2 Remy GARDNER KTM 56.274
27   4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 57.002
28   45 Olly SIMPSON KTM 57.340
Not Classified
    5 Romano FENATI KTM 2 Laps
    32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 7 Laps
    33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 11 Laps
    55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 22 Laps
    63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 22 Laps

 

Round Number: 
16
2014
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Comments

Well done Jack!!! The Jack Miller of the first half of the season is BACK! : )

Now come on KTM and give Jack a bit more for the last two races, he's earnt it...

Your article doesn't mention if Race Direction took any action after Jack Miller's barge on Danny Kent, which is what took him and Brad Binder out of contention?