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Miller shows determination and skill for classy win

Miller shows determination and skill for classy win

Jack Miller’s home win at Phillip Island cut the gap to leader Alex Marquez in the overall standings by five points and the Australian was understandably delighted to triumph in front of the home crowd.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider prevailed in a thrilling race that was decided in the last few metres, following an intriguing battle at the front with Marquez and Alex Rins.

Miller’s win reduced the deficit between him and the Moto3™ World Championship leader Marquez, after his rival finished second, with Rins a close third.

Starting from the third row did not prevent Miller from going for the win in front of his home fans. The Australian gained two positions on the opening lap, and six laps later was at the head of a large front group of up to 11 riders.

Throughout the 23-lap race overtaking was continuous and slipstreaming key on the home straight. It was precisely on the straight that Miller took the lead by the first corner of the final lap. He would not relinquish the spot before the chequered flag and took victory by 0.029s.

With two Grands Prix remaining and 50 points available, Miller lies second with a total of 231 points –20 behind Marquez. The next race comes next weekend at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang.

“I couldn’t be happier, after a qualifying session as difficult as Saturday’s was,” said Miller. “It is the first time we have won – or even got on the podium – after failing to qualify on the front row. I cannot be more grateful to the team because they pushed me to do a great job all weekend and solved our problems. So I thank them, as well as KTM, for the fact that I was provided with a bike with which I could fight for the win.”

“I am very happy and satisfied to have won, after a few races without doing so. Winning here at home, in Australia, is really special.”

Moto3, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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