Courtesy of MotoGP
Australian youngster Jack Miller leads the way by 17 points in the overall standings as the Moto3™ riders arrive in Andalusia for the Gran Premio bwin de España.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was in the hunt for a third consecutive 2014 victory in Argentina, but a strong move from Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) at the penultimate corner gave the Italian victory and gave Miller plenty to think about.
Fenati was given a penalty point for the pass at Termas de Rio Hondo but ultimately the victory allowed him to keep Miller in his sights from second position in the championship.
Behind Miller and his fellow KTM-equipped rival in the rankings is Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) who has shown his pace in the early rounds on the evolving Honda Moto3 package. Vazquez is sure to be fired up for the Jerez round, in front of the passionate Spanish crowd.
Alex Marquez and Alex Rins (both Estrella Galicia 0,0) will also get good support this weekend at the first European GP of the year, though Rins will be desperate to outperform his teammate.
Marquez has been able to get more out of the team’s new Honda bikes so far and like Miller he will be determined to beat Fenati, the Italian having also made contact with the younger Marquez brother on that crucial final corner in Argentina.
Also keep an eye out for the likes of the ultra-experienced Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) and young Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team), the latter having demonstrated glimpses of his pace again this season.
Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) is eighth overall thus far on his return to Moto3 and would love to return to the podium for the first time since 2012. Livio Loi (Marc VDS Racing Team) rode brilliantly to fourth on his 17th birthday in Argentina and will hope for another strong result at round four, whilst Spaniard Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team) looks to move up from tenth in the overall standings in front of the home fans.