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Title battle intensifies in Moto3™ as triple header begins in Japan

Title battle intensifies in Moto3™ as triple header begins in Japan

After a dramatic race in tricky conditions at Aragon, the Moto3™ title battle will continue at this weekend’s Motul Grand Prix of Japan, with Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) now leading the standings by 11 points.

Marquez crossed the line second in Spain – a third consecutive runner-up result – which was enough to see him take over from Jack Miller at the head of the World Championship with four rounds remaining. Marquez was last year’s race winner at Motegi, with the first win of his career.

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miller was out of the points at MotorLand Aragon following an incident which saw him clash with Marquez in the early stages of the race and he would dearly love to strike back at Motegi.

Marquez’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 colleague Alex Rins was just off the podium in Spain but remains in the title hunt too, sitting 18 points adrift of his teammate. The forthcoming races at Japan, Australia and Malaysia will go a long way to deciding this year’s title and Rins will aim to use the experience he gathered in last year’s intense fight for the title in the final rounds.

A further 23 points down on Rins is Italian rider Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) who was victorious at round 14. The gap between race winner Fenati and second place finisher Marquez at Aragon less than a tenth of a second – the eighth time this year that a Moto3 race has been decided by a margin of less than 0.1s.

Also on the podium in Spain was Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo), a result which lifted him into the top ten. Kent was the Moto3 Motegi winner in 2012 and is one to watch this weekend.


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