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Record-breaking Moto3™ rolls into Catalunya

Record-breaking Moto3™ rolls into Catalunya

This weekend sees the stampede that is the Moto3™ World Championship charging its way towards the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya off the back off a record-breaking finish to the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Remarkably, the finish to the 2014 Mugello race marked the closest ever – in any category of the World Championship that has ever existed – for the first three riders over the line: Romano Fenati, Isaac Viñales and Alex Rins were covered by just 0.010 seconds. Perhaps even more incredible is the fact that, when reviewing the list of the ten closest ever top three finishes, no less than 60% of them have occurred at Mugello thanks perhaps chiefly to its long run out of the final Bucine corner.

With Mugello (which itself came after an incredible French Grand Prix at Le Mans) gone but by no means forgotten, Moto3™ now heads on to Round 7 and the start of the second third of the 2014 campaign. Last year in Catalunya, we witnessed a typical 2013 result as race winner Luis Salom was joined on the podium by Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales. This year, it is possible that the first change of championship lead could take place since the Qatar season-opener, as Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller now holds an advantage of just five points following his costly non-finish of Mugello; incidentally, the Australian was handed two penalty points for causing the crash.

Breathing down the neck of Miller is the aforementioned Fenati of Sky Racing Team VR46, with Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins, SaxoPrint-RTG’s Efren Vazquez (paying the price for his Mugello jump start) and Calvo Team’s Viñales completing the top five. Marquez now finds himself sixth in the standings and a sizeable 44 points in arrears of the leader, as he – along with impressive Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 rookie Enea Bastianini – was taken out in the Miller incident on the final lap of the Italian Grand Prix. Marquez now has ground to make up as he heads home; and he may now make his own way to the circuit, having recently passed his driving test.

Matching Miller’s trio of wins for 2014 so far, Romano Fenati has become the first Italian to win as three Grands Prix in a single season of the lightweight class since Andrea Iannone did so five years ago. Extraordinarily, after six races this year, the accumulated time between first and second place finishes at all events is just 0.65 seconds: an average of just over one tenth of a second per race. Barcelona also sports a long run to the finish line - how much or little may that number increase by?

The Moto3™ Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya gets underway at 11am local time (GMT +2) on Sunday 15 June.


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