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Marquez and Rins closing in on Miller

Marquez and Rins closing in on Miller

As the Moto3™ riders head to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini it is Jack Miller still in control at the top of the standings, but the young Australian has had two particularly determined Spanish riders hunting him down in recent weeks.

Last time out at Silverstone Miller crossed the line sixth, having finished fifth at Brno and the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will be looking for at least a podium result at Misano in order to take the initiative in the championship fight once again.

Alex Marquez has not won a race since his back-to-back victories at Catalunya and Assen, but his recent consistent collection of points and his second place finish at Silverstone have seen him close up to within 13 points of Miller at the head of the standings, with six rounds remaining.

On an increasingly competitive Honda Moto3™ machine Marquez crossed the finish line at the British Grand Prix just +0.011s behind his race winning Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Alex Rins, who is also still in with a chance of securing the title.

For Rins, his triumph at Silverstone was his first victory since Phillip Island 2013 and he now trails Miller in the standings by 29 points. In truth that gap would have been considerably less had Rins not made a remarkable miscalculation at Brno, where he crossed the line for the last lap in first place, celebrating prematurely and thinking he had won the race, only to finally finish ninth.

Rins was the race winner last year at Misano, with Marquez also on the podium, whilst Miller finished the race fifth.

Behind the leading trio in the championship is experienced Spaniard Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG), who since a long awaited first career victory at Indianapolis has finished eighth at Brno and suffered a DNF at Silverstone. Likewise, in sixth place in the standings Ongetta-Rivacold’s veteran Frenchman

Alexis Masbou got the first win of his long career in Brno, only to finish eighth in Great Britain.

Sandwiched between Vazquez and Masbou in the championship table is Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) who is 44 points behind Miller, having not won since Mugello. Can the Italian return to winning ways at Misano?

Another Italian rider who could be in contention for maximum points in front of the home fans would be Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 rookie Enea Bastianini, who claimed his second consecutive podium finish at Silverstone, taking third place. A first victory for him would certainly be popular with the Misano crowd.


Moto3, 2014

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