Famous Five to battle it out in Germany

Monday, 7 July 2014

Just one race remains before the Moto3™ World Championship meets its halfway point in 2014. Following the high drama of Assen, no less than five riders could top the overall standings as the season heads into its customary summer break.

Perhaps amazingly, neither Jack Miller nor Romano Fenati scored points in what proved to be a highly memorable Assen TT. The result? Seven points remain between the Australian and Italian atop the classification. However, their Dutch misfortunes also mean that Alex Marquez, Alex Rins and Efren Vazquez are now all within 15 points of the leader. Any one of them could lead the way heading, not just into the break, but also into Indianapolis on the second weekend of August.

That means this is the closest top five fight at this point of the season in the lightweight tier for nine years; back in 2005, the quintet was made up of Mattia Pasini, Gabor Talmacsi, Tom Luthi, Mika Kallio and Marco Simoncelli.

Not only this, but the battle is also intensifying in the Constructors’ Championship. The last round saw Honda claim its first lightweight class one-two finish (as both bike and engine manufacturer) since the 125 Australian GP of 2005. Thanks to both this feat and the previous victory for Alex Marquez in Barcelona, the Japanese company has moved to within 19 points of Austrian rivals KTM in a nail-biting contest.

Now the five-way dispute rumbles its way on into the former East Germany, with Miller having led from the off in Qatar but now with more rivals than ever looking to threaten. Fenati has won as many races as Miller, Marquez carries the momentum as the latest double victor and Rins quietly sits fourth as the nearly man and championship runner-up of 2013. As for Vazquez, he has made up ground; like Rins, he is yet to claim a victory this year (or indeed any in his World Championship career to date), but - as Maverick Viñales proved last year - it is consistency that wins titles.

First Moto3™ practice for the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland begins at 9am local time (GMT +2) on Friday 11 July, with the race at 11am on Sunday 13 July.

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