Moto3

Aussie Jack Miller Races to Maiden Moto3 Win

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Australian Jack Miller took line honours in the opening Moto3 World Championship race at the Losail Circuit in Qatar, the first of 18 rounds of the competition.

It was the 19-year-old Australian‰Ûªs first Moto3 win and was a great debut with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory team.

Miller who had a front row start swooped to the front at the start of the race shadowed by Estrella Galicia Honda rider Alex Marquez. The two riders then settled down to swap the lead back and forth and at one point had a 3.5 second lead on the rest of the pack.

Behind the leaders a battle raged for the minor podium place with engagement by no less than five or six riders. The group narrowed the gap to the two leaders to less than a second in the closing laps setting up what was to be a thrilling final dash to the line.

Miller who before then race had pledged to be patient and go for the maximum points, played his hand well. Going into the final corners the Australian was perfectly placed to capitalise on a small mistake by rival Marquez. Marquez went wide in the corner, Miller quickly grabbed the advantage and went on to take line honours and pick up maximum points in the opening round.

Immediately after the race, an excited Miller said he had gone all out in the final lap.

‰ÛÏIt was pretty scary going into the final lap because the tires were more worn than I expected them to be." Miller admitted. "But I just gave it my all. We couldn't have asked for anything better.

"It was a really good first race. its a great way to start the season, but its that. Its the start. We still have a long way to go and I still have a lot to learn."
A mistake on the final lap by Alex Marquez dashed any hopes he had of winning in Qatar - Credit: Honda racing
Marquez's second place finished ensure Honda claimed two out of three podium places giving the manufacture a very positive start to this years championship after KTM's domination in 2013.

‰ÛÏI made a rookie mistake tonight; I hit a false neutral when cornering on the final lap." Marquez explained. "Despite that, I am pleased to have taken second place and claimed 20 points, because it is a very good result with which to start the World Championship season.

"I think that throughout the race I had a good pace when on my own at the front. When Jack took the lead, however, we went slower and the chasing pack managed to close in on us. That is why I tried to push as hard as I could on every lap.

"We have to continue as we have been doing and I am very happy with this first race with Honda," the Spaniard concluded.
Efren Vazquez rounded out the podium at Qatar - Credit: Honda racing
Rounding out the podium was Saxoprint RTG Honda racer Efren Vazquez, who along with Mahindra Racings Miguel Oliveira and Estrella Galicia's Alex Rins made it a five way fight to the line with the top five riders all finishing with in 4 tenths of a second to each other.

‰ÛÏI'm very happy with this, it is my first podium in the Moto3 class," an elated Vazquez stated. "I started 15th on the grid, which is not great, so didn‰Ûªt really expected to get on podium.

But the new Honda is great, and the team found a perfect set for the sixth gear for a good top speed so, pushing lap by lap, I got the result.‰Û
Jack Miller lead from the front early - Credit: KTM Images (Gold and Goose)
1. Jack Miller 38m05.810s AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
2. Alex Marquez 0.233 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0'0
3. Efren Vazquez 0.280 ESP HONDA SaxoPrint-RTG
4. Miguel Oliveira 0.295 PORTUGUESE MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
5. Alex Rins 0.369 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0'0
6. Jakub Kornfeil 0.586 CZE KTM Calvo Team
7. Alexis Masbou 2.109 FRA HONDA Ongetta-Rivacold
8. Isaac Vi̱ales 2.161 ESP KTM Calvo Team
9. Niccolo Antonelli 8.153 ITA KTM Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3
10.Francesco Bagnaia 8.173 ITA KTM SKY Racing Team By VR46
11. John McPhee 8.195 SCO HONDA SaxoPrint-RTG
12. Romano Fenati 8.219 ITA KTM SKY Racing Team By VR46
13. Danny Kent 11.269 GBR HUSQVARNA Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
14. Karel Hanika 11.292 BRNO KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
15. Brad Binder 11.322 ZAF MAHINDRA Ambrogio Racing
16. Enea Bastianini 22.159 ITA KTM Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3
17. Livio Loi 22.202 BEL KALEX KTM Marc VDS Racing Team
18. Zulfahmi Khairuddin 36.686 SEPANG HONDA Ongetta-AirAsia
19. Scott Deroue 36.691 DUT KALEX KTM RW Racing GP
20. Philipp Oettl 36.755 GER KALEX KTM Interwetten Paddock Moto3
21. Alessandro Tonucci 37.858 ITA MAHINDRA CIP Moto3
22. Luca Grunwald 37.876 GER KALEX KTM Kiefer Racing
23. Andrea Locatelli 45.501 ITA MAHINDRA San Carlo Team Italia
24. Ana Carrasco 45.650 ESP KALEX KTM RW Racing GP
25. Bryan Schouten 1'08.694 NED MAHINDRA CIP Moto3
26. Niklas Ajo 1 lap FIN HUSQVARNA Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
27. Jules Danilo DNF FRA MAHINDRA Ambrogio Racing
28. Matteo Ferrari DNF ITA MAHINDRA San Carlo Team Italia
29. Juanfran Guevara DNF ESP KALEX KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3
30. Gabriel Ramos DNF VEN KALEX KTM Kiefer Racing
31. Eric Grando DNF BRA KTM Calvo Team

Top Image: Australian Jack Miller has won the opening Moto3 race of the 2014 Season
Credit: KTM Images (Gold and Goose)
Jack Miller and his team celebrate their win - Credit: KTM Images (Gold and Goose)

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