Moto3

Jack Miller Races Thrills Aussie Fans With Home Race Win

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Australia‰Ûªs Jack Miller rode a tight and smart race on Sunday at home at the Phillip Island circuit to take victory in Round 16 of the Moto3 World Championship.

With his fifth victory of the season, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider gained an important five points on Alex Marquez of Spain as the competition goes into it‰Ûªs final stages.

It was a thrilling last lap for the Australian crowd that saw Jack Miller take the win from his Spanish rival by just 29 thousandths of a second. The Red Bull-sponsored athlete started in the middle of row three on the grid. By lap four of the 23-lap race he had set the fastest lap and moved up into podium contention, tucked in behind Alex Rins and Brad Binder.

An eleven-rider group broke away from the main field in the early stages and while the front-runners constantly exchanged the lead throughout the race, Miller stayed in the thick of the action.

The lead group dropped to five in the latter stages of the race, then with just three laps to go Miller hit the front on his KTM RC250 GP machine, only to slip back to second in the penultimate lap. He grabbed the lead going into the Doohan corner in the final lap and with clever riding and brave late braking held off hard challenges to take the trophy.

Clearly excited about his victory at home, Miller said he had had some valuable tips from his friend Maverick Vinales on how to best tackle the Australian circuit, adding: ‰ÛÏI just tried to time it to do everything perfect in the last lap.‰Û
Jack Miller celebrates his win on Sunday - Credit: KTM
Moto3 Phillip Island Race Results
1 Jack Miller 37'25.209 AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
2 Alex Marquez +0.029 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0'0
3 Alex Rins +0.032 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0'0
4 Efren Vazquez +0.044 ESP HONDA SaxoPrint-RTG
5 John McPhee +0.134 SCO HONDA SaxoPrint-RTG
6 Alexis Masbou +0.242 FRA HONDA Ongetta-Rivacold
7 Miguel Oliveira +2.753 PORTUGUESE MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
8 Jakub Kornfeil +3.455 CZE KTM Calvo Team
9 Niklas Ajo +18.118 FIN HUSQVARNA Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
10 Niccolo Antonelli +18.119 ITA KTM Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3
11 Francesco Bagnaia +18.204 ITA KTM SKY Racing Team By VR46
12 Jorge Navarro +18.226 ESP KALEX KTM Marc VDS Racing Team
13 Karel Hanika +18.278 BRNO KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
14 Alessandro Tonucci +18.544 ITA MAHINDRA CIP Moto3
15 Brad Binder +20.468 ZAF MAHINDRA Ambrogio Racing
16 Jasper Iwena +23.434 NED FTR KTM KRP Abbink Racing
17 Andrea Migno +25.892 ITA MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
18 Hafiq Azmi +25.894 MAL KTM SIC-AJO
19 Luca Grunwald +35.571 GER KALEX KTM Kiefer Racing
20 Danny Kent +36.602 GBR HUSQVARNA Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo

Moto3 Championship Standings 1 Alex Marquez 251 pts
2 Jack Miller 231 pts
3 Alex Rins 210 pts
4 Efren Vazquez 187 pts
5 Romano Fenati 174 pts
6 Alexis Masbou 150 pts
7 Isaac Vi̱ales 121 pts
8 Enea Bastianini 116 pts
9 Danny Kent 103 pts
10 Miguel Oliveira 102 pts
11 Brad Binder 102 pts
12 Jakub Kornfeil 86 pts
13 John McPhee 77 pts
14 Niklas Ajo 52 pts
15 Niccolo Antonelli 50 pts
16 Francesco Bagnaia 50 pts
17 Juanfran Guevara 40 pts
18 Karel Hanika 31 pts
19 Zulfahmi Khairuddin 19 pts

Top Image: Jack Miller Races To Crowd Lifting Win At Home

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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