2014 COTA Moto3 Race Result: A Wire-To-Wire Win

Results Below:

Jack Miller fought off a race-long challenge from Efren Vazquez to win his second grand prix in a row Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.  Miller, with two race wins in two tries this season, leads the championship by 18 points.

Romano Fenati, who started eighth on the grid, clawed his way through the pack to grab second place over Efren Vazquez who had held the number-two position for much of the contest. Vazquez finished third, bringing up the rear of the tight cluster of the three lead riders. For Vazquez, it is his second podium in the row and puts him second in the world championship with 32 points.

Alex Rins, pole setter and winner here last year, finished fourth after Alex Marquez crashed out on the final lap with only two corners left in the contest. Jacob Kornfeil, sixth in Qatar, managed one better in Texas with fifth place.

Miller, who started on pole, led virtually the entire race with the exception of brief challenges by Vazquez, Marquez and Fenati. In the early laps, it was Miller, Marquez, Vazquez, Rins, Fenati with Marquez and Vazquez swapping positions regularly as Fenati closed the gap. By the midway through the race, Miller, Marquez and Vazquez had opened a one-second gap on the field.

Then Fenati began to make his move. The lead rider on Valentino Rossi's Sky Racing Team VR46 picked off Kornfeil then Rins and began to close in on the battling pair of Vazquez and Marquez. Fenati caught the leaders with four laps left and sliced into second leaving Vazquez in third and Marquez in fourth.

The final, hectic lap brought multiple position changes with Marquez crashing out of fourth and Fenati holding off Vazquez while Miller won by less than a bike length.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 8 Jack MILLER KTM 41'06.659
2 5 Romano FENATI KTM 0.069
3 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 0.172
4 42 Alex RINS Honda 7.182
5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 7.264
6 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 20.107
7 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 20.381
8 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 23.981
9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 24.032
10 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 24.222
11 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 24.817
12 11 Livio LOI Kalex KTM 34.634
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 34.955
14 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 35.02
15 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 35.436
16 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 38.306
17 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 38.536
18 57 Eric GRANADO KTM 49.325
19 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM +1'02.422
20 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM +1'02.609
21 22 Ana CARRASCO Kalex KTM +1'02.695
22 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra +1'08.860
23 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM +1'18.905
24 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM +2'04.082
25 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 1 Lap
26 51 Bryan SCHOUTEN Mahindra 1 Lap
Not Classified
  12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1 Lap
  4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 3 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 11 Laps
  41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 11 Laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 12 Laps
  61 Arthur SISSIS Mahindra 0 Lap
  3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 0 Lap

 

 

Round Number: 
2
2014
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