Le Mans Moto3: Miller battles to take win

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 18 May 2014 10:43

Australian Jack Miller left it until the final lap to take victory at Le Mans and extend his championship lead after Romano Fenati retired from the race.

Miller struggled as his factory KTM was visibly down on top speed, but late, committed braking saw him take the top step ahead of Alex Rins and Isaac Vinales.

Pole sitter Efren Vazquez fought with Miller in the early stages of the race, before he touched the back wheel of Alex Marquez and ran off track, rejoining outside the top 10.

Vazquez regrouped to finish sixth, two places ahead of team-mate John McPhee who rode a strong race to finish eighth at the back of the leading group.

The same could not be said for fellow Brit Danny Kent who finished just inside the points in 13th position after struggling with acceleration all weekend.

1 25 8 Jack MILLER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 145.1 41'30.582
2 20 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 145.1 +0.095
3 16 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Calvo Team KTM 145.1 +0.230
4 13 21 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 145.1 +0.487
5 11 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 145.1 +0.931
6 10 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA SaxoPrint-RTG Honda 145.1 +0.940
7 9 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 KTM 145.1 +1.026
8 8 17 John MCPHEE GBR SaxoPrint-RTG Honda 145.1 +1.221
9 7 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 145.0 +1.575
10 6 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Calvo Team KTM 145.0 +2.173
11 5 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Ongetta-AirAsia Honda 144.4 +11.840
12 4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 144.3 +14.504
13 3 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo Husqvarna 144.3 +14.644
14 2 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Mahindra 144.3 +14.970
15 1 65 Philipp OETTL GER Interwetten Paddock Moto3 Kalex KTM 143.8 +22.226
16  38 Hafiq AZMI MAL SIC-AJO KTM 143.8 +22.941
17  61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Mahindra Racing Mahindra 143.2 +34.284
18  43 Luca GRÜNWALD GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 143.0 +36.495
19  51 Bryan SCHOUTEN NED CIP Mahindra 143.0 +36.610
20  11 Livio LOI BEL Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex KTM 143.0 +37.299
21  3 Matteo FERRARI ITA San Carlo Team Italia Mahindra 142.8 +40.190
22  22 Ana CARRASCO SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 142.1 +52.239
23  34 Michael Ruben RINALDI ITA San Carlo Team Italia Mahindra 141.8 +57.728
24  4 Gabriel RAMOS VEN Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 141.7 +59.699
25  9 Scott DEROUE NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 135.2 1 Lap
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  31 Niklas AJO FIN Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo Husqvarna 144.4 3 Laps
  5 Romano FENATI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 142.7 5 Laps
  19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA CIP Mahindra 143.0 17 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 KTM 143.1 18 Laps
  98 Karel HANIKA CZE Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 140.7 21 Laps
  95 Jules DANILO FRA Ambrogio Racing Mahindra 125.3 21 Laps