Miller sixth at Silverstone31/08/2014
The Australian Red Bull KTM Ajo rider gained ten points and retains his lead in the Moto3 World Championship. Teammate Hanika finishes the race in twelfth.
The Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain played host to the twelfth round of the Moto3 World Championship today, where Jack Miller finished in sixth position after contending with the group at the front for the majority of the race. Karel Hanika also challenged those in the lead group until finally finishing in twelfth place.
The start of the race saw Miller gain two positions in the first corner to place himself fifth. Hanika also made a good start and in the early stages of the race was locked in with the leading group of nearly 15 riders.
The Australian rider fought among the lead group until five laps remained, after the head group split and four riders moved ahead to contend for the podium. The final lap saw both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders contending among the second group to finally cross the line in sixth and twelfth position.
With only six Grand Prix races left, Jack Miller leads the Moto3 overall by 13 points, 179 in total. After gaining four championship points in today’s race, Hanika holds a total of 24 points and is currently ranked eighteenth.
Results – Race
1. Alex Rins (Honda) 38:11.330
2. Alex Marquez (Honda) +0.011
3. Enea Bastianini (KTM) +0.072
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +0.123
5. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) +4.600
6. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +4.701
12. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +5.940
Moto3 World Championship Standing 2014
1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 179 points
2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 166 points
3. Alex Rins (Honda) 150 points
4. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 145 points
5. Romano Fenati (KTM) 135 points
18. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 24 points
Jack Miller >> Audio (solely for radio use)
“I wanted to stay in the first group throughout the race, but some other riders made mistake which caused us to lose a lot of distance from the front. We had the pace and we were there lap after lap, but in the end couldn’t manage it. We suffered a bit this weekend, both with my riding as well as with set-up. Now we have to get back on a positive trend and focus and on the next Grands Prix, which will be in Misano and Aragon.
I think one of the main problems we’ve had has been with the bumps. We have to look at what we did well, and then do it again. Maybe I have also to communicate better with my team, to describe problems better to get more time during the weekend.”
Karel Hanika >> Audio (solely for radio use)
“It wasn’t a bad race. I started very well and I also felt really good. But on the first lap I braked very hard in a corner and lost my rear wheel completely almost went into another rider. That was where I lost many positions. But still, I had a good pace, I could gradually pass rider after rider. I was able get to 9th position, but was only a little while there, because another rider ran into me and I lost five positions again. At this point I just tried to stay there. For me, the race was better than Brno, but we still have to find something that allows us to get to the front. We will see in the next races.”
Aki Ajo >> Audio (solely for radio use)
“It was not our weekend. In the end, somehow we finished with an outcome I’m happy with, because it was our best session of the weekend, so we did improve. Jack [Miller] wasn’t able to find a good feel on the bike all weekend. Only the first practice went well. On Friday afternoon we were testing some special parts that did not work as we wanted and we couldn’t find a comfortable set-up. It’s only one race. At the end we were able to score and now we’ll continue fighting.
For Karel [Hanika] it hasn’t been a bad race. He was riding with a large group throughout the race and was always very close to the front positions. I think this race will serve him as a good learning experience, especially for the future. He fought a hard battle.”