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Marquez and Miller ready for title showdown at Valencia

Marquez and Miller ready for title showdown at Valencia

The 2014 Moto3™ World Championship title battle goes down to the final event of the year with just 11 points separating standings leader Alex Marquez and Jack Miller, as they prepare for the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Miller’s victory at his home race in Australia and his second place in Malaysia have seen him fight his way back into contention for the title at the last race of the year. Marquez still has the advantage though and will have a passionate home crowd behind him on Sunday.

Of the several possible scenarios on Sunday with regard to the championship title, Miller winning the race would mean he would become World Champion if Marquez does not finish on the podium.

If Miller finishes second then Marquez needs to finish sixth or better to clinch the title, whilst if Miller finishes third then Marquez needs to finish 10th or better to become World Champion.

There are other potential results which would also give Marquez the title and if Miller does not finish in the top five then the Spaniard would also be this year’s Moto3™ championship winner.

Both Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Marquez and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miller will bid farewell to the lightweight class on Sunday – Marquez moving up to Moto2™ in 2015 and Miller heading straight up to MotoGP™. Both are desperate to do so as World Champion.

This is the seventh time that the lightweight class World title has been settled in Valencia since it became the final event on the Grand Prix calendar in 2002.

Last year with five points separating Luis Salom, Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales any of the three could have won the World title in Valencia with a race victory, irrespective of where their rivals finished. Salom’s chances disappeared when he crashed on the 15th lap and the battle between Rins and Viñales went down to the final corner, with Viñales taking the win to clinch the title.

This year Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins is aiming to clinch third overall in the standings, with Sepang race winner Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) 14 points behind him in fourth going into the final round.


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