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Alex Marquez edges clear of Miller before intriguing Australian contest

Alex Marquez edges clear of Miller before intriguing Australian contest

Heading into this weekend’s Tissot Australian Grand Prix Alex Marquez continues to lead the Moto3™ World Championship, having hit the front after the highly dramatic Aragon Grand Prix just over two weeks ago.

His win at Motegi on Sunday has given Spaniard Marquez an increased cushion of 25 points over Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Australian rider Jack Miller – who remains second overall.

Queensland rider Miller approaches his home Grand Prix still as a title contender, but he lost ground to Marquez at Motegi after a last lap clash with Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) which left the pair fifth and sixth respectively at the finish line when both had sensed potential victory. Miller’s best World Championship result to date on home soil was his fifth place on an FTR Honda last year.

Third overall is Marquez’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 colleague Alex Rins, who claimed victory in Australia 12 months ago. A costly Japanese Grand Prix, which saw Rins fight through from the back of the field to tenth after running wide early on, leaves the Spaniard 37 points in arrears of teammate Marquez.

Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) are joint fourth in the standings heading to Phillip Island. Vazquez was second at Motegi and Fenati was seventh, with both still in with a mathematical title shot.

The likes of Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold), Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team), Enea Bastianini (Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3), Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) will all continue to jostle for prominence in the top ten this weekend.


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