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MotoGP: Jack Miller would’ve enjoyed beating Marc Marquez

Aussie Jack Miller has scored his first MotoGP victory and would’ve taken extra delight at overtaking Marc Marquez for the win. In 2014, Miller was caught in a bitter Moto3 rivalry with Marc’s younger brother, Alex, and said “the Marquez family, they like to think that they are the bosses and they try to make you their, um I won’t say it, lower companion… we’ll try to take the fight to them”.

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MotoGP: The wet/dry San Marino MotoGP produced several great stories

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  • Valentino Rossi scored his worst result of the season but extended his championship lead.
  • At one point during the race Bradley Smith was down in 20th lapping 15 seconds off the pace. Incredibly, he eventually finished 2nd! By the time most riders had pitted for wets, Smith figured it was already too late for the switch so impressively stuck it out on slicks during the shower.
  • Scott Redding found himself off his bike and in the gravel trap on Lap 6. Thankfully he got the bike restarted because some well-timed pitstops helped him recover all the way to 3rd.
  • Loris Baz also timed his pitstops well to score a career best 4th place. That’s a mega result for an open-class bike and the 13 points Baz received vaulted him into the lead of the open-class championship. In a contest where the leading rider is scoring an average of 1.7 points per race, 13 points in one race is a massive jump.
  • Jack Miller was hamstrung by a serious gearbox problem over the final 7 laps and also believes that he lost around 30 seconds during the pitstop cycle due to his inexperience swapping bikes. With that in mind, Miller only finished 28 seconds off the podium so a stunning result could’ve been within his grasp. Then again, you could’ve probably said the same for most riders on Sunday…
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Moto3: Jack Miller’s promotion gives us a great case study in young rider development

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Those who believe young riders (and drivers) are better off taking more time to develop through junior categories will soon have a live case study to help analyse that theory. Jack Miller and Alex Marquez are fierce competitors in Moto3 with roughly the same levels of experience and performance. Both are destined for long careers. However, next year Jack Miller will be promoted to MotoGP whilst Alex Marquez takes a more gradual step into Moto2. Years from now it will be interesting to see which of the two riders has made a more lasting impression on the top class of racing in MotoGP. Given that 198 of the last 200 MotoGP races have been won by riders who came from Moto2 (or its 250cc equivalent) the smart money is on Marquez.

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Moto3: The Moto3 championship is brilliant and you should watch it (if you can)

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Last year’s Moto3 championship was a Hollywood thriller that came down to the last corner of the last lap of the season. It was arguably the best championship battle of any racing series in 2013 and there’s every indication the current Moto3 season will continue developing into something just as spectacular.

Moto3 always features exciting pack racing but it’s the rivalries and the different backgrounds of each rider that make the races so special. There are five contenders for the 2014 title and each has a unique story that gives the championship fight such wonderful context.

Alex Rins – The pre-season favourite.
Rins lost the World Championship on the last corner of the last lap in 2013 and is out for revenge. He started the season as the man to beat but, surprisingly, is yet to win a race. Rins has been competitive but the pressure is growing fast to reach the top step.

Jack Miller – The current championship leader.
Miller was impressive last year on less competitive machinery but has now moved into a winning team where he is flourishing. The great thing about Miller is that he doesn’t just settle for points but fights aggressively for wins. Crucially, that aggression is controlled and he uses his head. Miller’s riding is enjoyable to watch, much like his break-dancing celebrations.

Romano Fenati – Valentino Rossi’s protégé.
Fenati is an exciting young rider who, like Miller, has found himself on a quicker bike this year and is using it to win races. Fenati controversially crashed into Miller at the last corner in Argentina which has sparked a heated rivalry between them.

Efren Vazquez – The Moto3 veteran.
Vazquez has taken part in over 100 grands prix since 2008 but is yet to score a victory. This year has been his most impressive and Vazquez has shown the speed required to win races. He really should’ve won for the first time in France but made a series of mistakes under pressure. He clashed with Miller twice during that race and physically remonstrated with him on the warm down lap, giving Miller another bitter rival on the grid.

Alex Marquez – Brother of Marc.
He finished 2013 fighting for wins so entered this year as a championship contender. He was all set to win the first race in Qatar but spectacularly choked on the last lap. Pressure is growing on him as he falls behind in the points battle, but Marquez is mighty quick so has the raw speed to catch up.

You really should watch a Moto3 race in 2014 if you ever get the chance because there is plenty of fascinating context behind the close racing.

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