As the Moto3™ riders head to Italy for round six the rest of the field are looking up the standings at Australia’s Jack Miller, who has been the standout performer over the opening five Grands Prix.
Miller’s season started with a bang as he collected two wins at the first two races, but he then saw his standings lead pegged back as Romano Fenati responded with two victories of his own, before Miller made a statement of intent with a brilliant win at Le Mans.
Whilst SKY Racing Team VR46’s Fenati was unable to finish the race in France due to electronics issues, Miller took control of the championship chase as he came out on top of a last lap battle with eight riders in contention for the podium in the final stages.
Fenati therefore dropped to 30 points behind Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miller in the standings, with Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) respectively two and three points in arrears of Fenati.
Though Miller may be clear at the top there is certain to be more close racing in Moto3 throughout the year, with just 2.173 seconds separating the Le Mans race winner and tenth place finisher Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team) at the finish line.
Indeed, remarkably, the total accumulated time separating the race winners from second place finishers in the five Moto3 races so far in 2014 is just 0.64s. On two occasions so far Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) has finished second by the tightest of margins and he looks for victory at Mugello to move up the standings from fifth overall.
In addition to Fenati there are six other full-time Italian entries in the lightweight class this season and the likes of Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia), Alessandro Tonucci (CIP Mahindra), Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46), Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN), Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3) and Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia) will all be aiming to impress in front of the home crowd.