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Jack Miller Finishes Third In Tight Indy Moto3 Race

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A ten rider last lap scramble for victory in Round 10 of the Moto3 World Championship at Indianapolis in a finish far too close to call saw Efren Vazquez just lead home Romani Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46), and Australian Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in the early hours of the morning Australian time.

Jack Miller, who started on pole for the sixth time this season was in the mix for the entire 23-lap race and leaves the US circuit having marginally extended his championship points lead from 19 to 21.

Miller‰Ûªs closest rivals for the championship ‰ÛÒ Vazquez, Alex Marquez both of Spain and the Italian Romano Fenati are only separated by seven points as the championship continues to be hard fought and very tight.

Miller got away well from pole and led the race for the opening laps but he was hotly pursued by no less than six riders right through to the final three laps when the group had extended to ten all fiercely challenging for the lead.

Miller, Fenati, Vazquez and the two Estrella Galicia riders Marquez and Rins constantly exchanged the lead back and forth as they planned strategies for what was shaping up to be a last lap charge for the line.

French rider Alexis Masbou joined the scramble in the last laps after having fought his way back from a difficult start. Both Miller and Fenati had their share of leading the pack but it was Vazquez who finally prevailed just as threatening raindrops started to fall in the closing minutes of the race.

Miller, a Red Bull athlete, said later that although he would have liked the win, he was still happy to be on the podium.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªve managed to score points that allow us to continue leading the World Championship." Miller stated. "We finished the race without making stupid mistakes and I'm very happy about that.

"We have a good advantage over those behind us and that's good for us, but now we need to focus on Brno, where I think the bike will be much better suited to the track than here at Indianapolis. We knew the weekend was going to be a struggle, but at Brno think we have another good opportunity, so I'm already looking forward to next weekend."

Fellow Australian Arthur Sissis finished 21st

Teams will make a quick return to Europe for the next round at Brno in the Czech Republic next weekend, a home race for Miller‰Ûªs factory teammate and rookie Karel Hanika, who finished in the points at thirteenth place in Indianapolis. Both Miller and Hanika ride the KTM RC 250 GP factory bike.

There are still eight rounds left in the competition, including the away races in Japan, Australia and Malaysia. The season winds up as always in Valencia, Spain in November.
Results Moto3 Indianapolis
1. Efren Vasquez (ESP), Honda, 39:12.977 min (23 laps)
2. Romano Fenati (ITA), KTM, +0.065 sec
3. Jack Miller (AUS), KTM, +0.219
4. Alexis Masbou (FRA), Honda, +0.372
5. Alex Rins (ESP), Honda, +0.719
6. Alex Marquez (ESP), Honda, +1.013
7. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Mahindra, +1.310
8. Juanfran Guevara (ESP), KALEX-KTM, +1.895
9. Brad Binder (RSA), Mahindra, +2.037
10. Jakub Kornfeil (CZE), KTM, +2.261

Standings Moto3 after 11 of 18 rounds 1. Miller, 158 points
2. Vazquez, 137 points
3. Marquez, 133 points
4. Fenati, 130 points
5. Rins, 118 points
6. Masbou, 92 points
7. Vi̱ales, 90 points
8. Oliveira, 62 points
9. Binder, 56 points
10. Kornfeil, 54 points

Top Image: Australian Jack Miller extended his Moto3 points lead with a hard fought third at Indy

Credit: Gold and Goose

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