2014 Mugello Moto3 Race Results: High Drama And High Consequence

Full Recap and Results Below:

Home-town rider Romano Fenati has taken an exhilarating and highly popular victory in the Moto3 Grand Prix at Mugello. In a race that saw a frantic front group of thirteen riders scrapping for the majority, the Sky Italia VR46 racer timed his run perfectly and pipped Isaac Vinales and Alex Rins in a mad slip-streaming dash. The top three riders were covered by a microscopic eleven thousandths across the line as half a second separated the top seven. Fenati's victory was made all the more valuable as Championship leader Jack Miller crashed on the final lap, the Australian took out a hapless Alex Marquez and impressive rookie Enea Bastianini as he desperately clambered for track position. It is the first time this season Miller hasn't scored points and his error reduces his championship lead to five over race winner Fenati as Alex Rins moves up to third, a further twelve points behind. 

Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira had a storming ride from nineteenth on the grid to claim fourth place ahead of Niklas Ajo and Moto3 veteran Alexis Masbou. Youngsters Alessandro Tonucci, Juanfran Guevara, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika rounded out the top ten. There were early crashes for Hafiq Azmi and Niccolo Antonelli; the unpredictable Italian crashed out of his third race in a row, careering into the back of Jakub Kornfeil at turn one. Miraculously the Czech rider was able to stay upright but was later forced to retire from the race with bike damage. John McPhee also crashed with fourteen laps remaining after leading the race a few laps earlier as Franceso Bagnaia and Scott Deroue also failed to finish. Championship challenger Efren Vazquez jumped the start and had to serve a ride through penalty, however due to the chaos unfolding ahead of him he was able to scrape home in twelfth place and claim four valuable points. 

Full Results: 

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 5 Romano FENATI KTM 39'46.256
2 20 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 0.010
3 16 42 Alex RINS Honda 0.011
4 13 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 0.121
5 11 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 0.260
6 10 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 0.359
7 9 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 0.597
8 8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 5.230
9 7 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 5.353
10 6 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 5.395
11 5 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 18.618
12 4 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 25.338
13 3 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 25.711
14 2 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 25.796
15 1 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 25.904
16   43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 26.005
17   61 Arthur SISSIS Mahindra 27.099
18   55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 27.309
19   11 Livio LOI Kalex KTM 38.450
20   22 Ana CARRASCO Kalex KTM 38.516
21   51 Bryan SCHOUTEN Mahindra 38.584
22   95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 39.005
23   57 Eric GRANADO KTM 39.082
24   16 Simone MAZZOLA FTR Honda 40.531
25   69 Anthony GROPPI FTR Honda 44.742
26   4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM +1'09.125
Not Classified
    12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1 Lap
    8 Jack MILLER KTM 1 Lap
    33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 1 Lap
    9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 1 Lap
    84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 6 Laps
    21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 11 Laps
    17 John MCPHEE Honda 14 Laps
    23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 16 Laps
    38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 18 Laps


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I know that many people love these Moto3 races, but I find them unsatisfying due to the dominance of aerodynamics.

Another dodgy Jack Miller move, this time taking out two innocent bystanders. I'm not sure whether I think he should be slapped with a point, but better judgement would be welcome.

That was the best finish I've seen for a long time - well, until a later race tonight :) Well done Fenati, what a place to take a win like that.

Shame for Miller and Marquez, but that's racing, and especially so in this particular class. They'll both be back fighting for the win at Catalunya!

Loved every bit of them. Moto3 is by far the most exciting class and I think Dorna should find a way to promote it more.

Did anyone else have an issue with the directing during the race? I don't have a problem with them showing super slow-mos of nothing in particular when there's no action on the track, but when there's 13 riders battling for the lead, for the love of god, focus on that.

In all three races. They were even doing crowd reaction shots in the middle of the final Lorenzo-Marquez dice.

I think the director should try drinking less coffee. They don't seem to have the patience to just let the cameras follow the action.