Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller of managed to hold on to a podium third in Rd. 13 of the Moto3 World Championship, the GP of San Marino on Sunday at the Misano circuit. The Australian followed Alex Rins and Alex Marquez across the line to claim the final podium place and to stay nine points ahead in the title fight.

Miller
started from pole, his seventh of the season and got away very well at the start just in front of Husqvarna rider Niklas Ajo. But as early as the second lap he was challenged hard by the Rins, Marquez duo and these three riders dominated the rest of the race. With three laps to go Miller was trailing the two front riders by about three seconds and was experiencing difficulties due to tire wear. With a comfortable gap to the fourth place behind him, he decided to settle for third.

Miller, a Red Bull-sponsored athlete admitted he had had a ‘big moment’ in the early part of the race coming out of the third corner and said on balance he was happy to finish in third and hold onto the lead going into the next round in Aragon Spain, in two weeks time.

Two other KTM riders, Isaac Vinales of Spain and the talented young Italian Enea Bastianini rounded off the top five. Miller’s factory teammate Karel Hanika crashed out in Lap 16 of the 23-lap race after running in a solid mid field position since the start of the race.

Jack Miller: “I’m happy to have been able to get on the podium, especially after the little mistake I made on the fourth lap. I was having a good race, I felt comfortable and luckily I was able to stay on the bike. When Efren [Vazquez] and Isaac [Viñales] passed me, I had to work very hard to reduce the small advantage that they had. I went step-by-step, but it was not enough to get the win. I pushed hard and with five laps to go I tried to keep up the pace, but the tires were shot by then. We have to be satisfied with the final result of this race.”

Miller, who has led the chase for the title since the opening GP must now concentrate on trying to extend his points lead in the remaining rounds as the competition continues to tighten in what is one of the hardest fought class in the world championship. Miller and Hanika both ride the KTM RC250 GP machine.

Round 14 is at Aragon on September 28, the race preceding the three rounds in Japan, Australia and Malaysia before the finale, traditionally held in back in Valencia.

KTM Results Service Sunday, September 14, 2014
Moto GP of San Marino – Misano Circuit – Round 13

Moto3 Results

1, Alex Rins, ESP, Honda, 39:50.694
2, Alex Marquez, ESP, Honda, 39:50.736
3, Jack Miller, AUS, KTM, 39:54.097
4, Isaac Viñales, ESP, KTM, 39:55.153
5, Enea Bastianini, ITA, KTM, 39:55.179
6, Brad Binder, RSA, Mahindra, 39:55.365
7, Alexis Masbou, FRA, Honda, 40:00.100
8, Andrea Migno, ITA, Mahindra, 40:00.237
9, Juanfran Guevara, ESP, Kalex KTM, 40:00.400
10, Efren Vasquez, ESP, Honda, 40:00.737

Other KTM

11, Romano Fenati, ITA, KTM, 40:00.802
16, Niccolo Antonelli, ITA, KTM, 40:11.648
17, Jakub Kornfeil, CZE, KTM, 40:12.823
21, Eric Granado, BRA, KTM, 40:34.017
23, Hafiq Azmi, MAL, KTM, 40:45.906
25, Lorenzo Petrarca, ITA, KTM, 40:46.125
DNF, Gabriel Rodrigo, KTM, 20:00.037
DNF, Karel Hanika, CZE, KTM, 14:02.000
DNF, Francesco Bagnaia, ITA, KTM, 12:20.433

Moto3 Standings after Round 13

1, Miller, 195
2, Marquez, 186
3, Rins, 175
4, Vazquez, 151
5, Fenati, 140
6, Masbou, 134
7, Viñales, 112
8, Bastianini, 98
9, Miguel Oliveira, POR, Mahindra, 84
10, Binder, 77

Other KTM

12, Kornfeil, 67
15, Bagnaia, 42
17, Antonelli, 30
18, Hanika, 24
19, Livio Loi, BEL, 17
28, Granado, 2

Moto3 Manufacturers Standings after Round 13

1, KTM, 278
2, Honda, 278
3, Mahindra, 124

More at www.motogp.com

Image courtesy KTM

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