Texas Moto3: Miller takes well deserved second victory in a row

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Jack Miller has taken a well deserved victory in the Moto3 class at the Circuit of the Americas, but the Aussie didn’t have it all his own way as he takes back to back GP wins.

Miller led from flag to flag, making a gap early in the race to pull ahead of the chasing pack. However, it wasn’t long before Isaac Vinales and Efran Vazquez were able to gap across, although the pair were content to sit with him until the closing stages of the race.

They were soon joined by Romano Fenati, who were also able to bridge over on the VR46 KTM, and with the fore some in place for the closing laps they immediately started swapping places in typical Moto3 form.

Swapping places on almost every turn for the last two laps, Miller was able to hold his lead just long enough to make it to the line, with Fenati and Vazquez in close company, but Vinales lost out on the penultimate turn and hit the deck.

Alex Rins and Jakub Kornfeil were promoted to fourth and fifth at his detriment, but after a hard fought battle all race between the pair. Masbou and Bagnaia were sixth and seventh, with British pair Danny Kent and John McPhee right behind them; the duo spending most of the race battling together, but McPhee was able to make up two places on the last lap to secure a top ten.

Afterwards Miller said: “I don’t know if you could see it throughout the race but I feel so strong on the brakes; it’s always been my strength, and on a track like this it really suits me – sometimes I was even too strong and it was affecting my corner exit speed. I was able to put in some quick laps at the end on the trace, and it helped me out.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer