The lightweight class of the World Championship has welcomed two brand-new winners in as many Grands Prix, as the recent Indianapolis-Brno double-header saw experienced heads Efren Vazquez and Alexis Masbou win for the first time.
In his first Grand Prix as a married man, Vazquez (who is set to celebrate his 28th birthday on the Tuesday after the British Grand Prix) triumphed at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in World Championship race start 116, while Masbou established a new record for the longest time between career race debut and first Grand Prix victory: the Frenchman’s Brno win came in his 133rd Grand Prix start.
At Brno, other new records were also achieved: notably the fact that the margin of 1.944 seconds marked the smallest gap ever between the race winner and 16th place finisher, beating a record originally established in the 125cc Italian GP at Mugello in 1999. Towards the front of the Brno group, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller finished fifth to extend his championship lead to 23 points over Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Marquez, whose team-mate Alex Rins had thrown victory out of the window by inadvertently celebrating while running in the lead at the end of the penultimate lap.
Thanks to the successes of Vazquez and Masbou, Honda has now decreased KTM’s Constructors’ Championship lead to just 18 points, while Husqvarna has closed to within 15 points of third-placed Mahindra thanks to Danny Kent’s podium finish in the Czech Republic. This marked both Kent’s first rostrum result since returning to the Moto3™ class and Husqvarna’s first top three finish for 42 years; the marque last made the podium in 1972, with Bo Granath in his home Swedish Grand Prix.
Familiar face Jasper Iwema will be making a wildcard return this weekend with KRP Abbink Racing, while Britain’s own Joseph Irving lines up with the Redline Motorcycles/KTM UK team. At Mahindra Racing, in the meantime, Arthur Sissis will be replaced by Italian Andrea Migno for the rest of the 2014 season.
Opening Moto3™ practice for the Hertz British Grand Prix starts at 9am local time (GMT +1) on Friday. Sunday’s race will run to a modified time schedule, coming up after MotoGP™ and starting at 2:30pm local time.