2014 Assen Moto3 Race Result: A Convincing Victory & High Drama
Full Recap and Results Below:
Alex Marquez has taken his second comprehensive victory in succession following a chaotic Moto3 race at Assen. Marquez made the most of his rivals mistakes to move himself into equal second place in the World Championship standings, seven points behind Jack Miller. The race was high in drama from the opening lap as Romano Fenati ran wide at the final chicane and dropped to 31st place, he also caused Enea Bastianini to go down. Championship leader Jack Miller then remarkably crashed out of the lead at turn one on the following lap, from there Marquez built a lead and was never truly troubled.
Alex Rins closed on Marquez at the halfway stage of the race but couldn't maintain the pace, he had to settle for providing an Estrella Galicia 1-2 after making a clever pass on Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira at the final corner. Oliveira put in a morale boosting ride for the Indian manufacturer to claim the final podium place. Alexis Masbou took fourth at the head of a fiercely contested group of six riders beating Niccolo Antonelli and Efren Vazquez across the line. Isaac Vinales, Danny Kent, Brad Binder and Scotsman John McPhee completed the highly entertaining battle and the top ten.
In a race of high attrition Niklas Ajo also crashed with sixteen laps remaining after starting from the front row and having carved his way from 31st to eighth place Romano Fenati crashed with eight laps remaining and threw away the virtual championship lead, he was able to rejoin and finish in 18th. Rookie rider Karel Hanika crashed a lap later out of an encouraging ninth position while Juanfran Guevara, Alessandro Tonucci and Luca Grunwald were involved in a heart stopping final corner crash, thankfully all riders were uninjured and only Guevara failed to remount and finish.
|12||4||13||Jasper IWEMA||FTR KTM||24.824|
|15||1||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||25.774|
|20||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||38.766|
|23||71||Thomas VAN LEEUWEN||Kalex KTM||49.062|
|24||22||Ana CARRASCO||Kalex KTM||52.269|
|25||11||Livio LOI||Kalex KTM||52.359|
|27||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||+1'19.403|
|28||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||+1'48.719|
|29||38||Hafiq AZMI||KTM||1 Lap|
|58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||1 Lap|
|98||Karel HANIKA||KTM||5 Laps|
|31||Niklas AJO||Husqvarna||16 Laps|
|8||Jack MILLER||KTM||21 Laps|
|33||Enea BASTIANINI||KTM||0 Lap|