MILLER WINS FINAL MOTO3 ROUND & KTM THE MANUFACTURER´S TITLE
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller rode a masterly race in the final round of the 2014 Moto3 World Championship to take the win but narrowly missed the title by just two points. KTM took its third consecutive Manufacturer’s World Title in the Moto3 class, finishing on equal points to Honda but winning by virtue of more race wins.
Jack Miller´s epic ride on his KTM RC250 GP was an all-or-nothing dash for the title but his rival Alex Márquez finished in third place to take the glory. The Australian, a Red Bull-sponsored athlete had started the race with a deficit of eleven points but it was clear from the start that he was going to do everything possible to try to take the advantage.
Clearly very disappointed Miller said at the finish: “I am very disappointed. We worked very hard all season and I think today was the best race of my life. We did what we could and in the end it came down to one crash in one race that wasn’t my fault.”
Miller was at the top end of the action on Sunday throughout the 24-lap race. He got away well from the second place on the grid and immediately took the lead. He stayed out in front for the first ten laps then shared the lead for the remaining laps with KTM rider Isaac Viñales of Spain for the rest of the race. Viñales, scored a career best second place finish on Sunday.
Miller, who now moves straight up to MotoGP next season, missing the customary step into the Moto2 class, has still had a stellar season and won more races than any other rider.
Miller: “We tried extra hard today to try to win the world title. We did our maximum and I pushed like hell right through the races. I didn’t leave anything on the table. I cannot thank the team enough. They did an amazing job all year long. Red Bull KTM, Ajo Motorsports, I thank them a lot.”
Miller’s young teammate Karel Hanika of the Czech Republic wrapped up his first season in the senior class in tenth place after starting from a sixth place on the grid. Hanika moved up to Moto3 as the 2013 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup champion.
Results Moto3 Valencia
- Jack Miller (AUS), KTM, 40:10.983 min (24 laps)
- Isaac Viñales (ESP), KTM, +0.155 sec
- Alex Márquez (ESP), Honda, +0.955
- Danny Kent (GBR), Husqvarna, +1.572
- Alex Rins (ESP), Honda, +2.251
Final standings Moto3 after 18 of 18 races
- Márquez, 278 points (2014 Moto3 World Champion, 3 race wins)
- Miller, 276 (6 race wins)
- Rins, 237 (2 race wins)
- Efren Vázquez (ESP), Honda, 222 (2 race winsRomano Fenati (ITA), KTM, 176 (4 race wins)
Final Manufacturer’s Standings Moto3 after 18 of 18 races
- KTM, 384 points (2014 World Champion, 10 race wins)
- Honda, 384 (8 race wins)
- Mahindra, 168
- Husqvarna, 143