2014 Indy Moto3 PreviewRed Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller has made plenty of headlines in Moto3 so far this year. The talented young Australian rider will return from the post-Sachsenring three-week break in high spirits, as he works to maintain the form which has given him a 19-point championship lead.
It gets underway this Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, round 10 of the 2014 Moto3 Championship.Although the gap between winner Miller and second place finisher Brad Binder was only 0.180 seconds in Germany, this was the second largest winning margin for Miller so far in 2014, as two of his four victories to date – in Texas and Le Mans – have come by less than one tenth of a second.Those fine margins demonstrate the ongoing competitiveness of the lightweight class. Miller knows he will be pushed hard at Indianapolis and at every round in the second half of the season by the likes of Alex Marquez, Efren Vazquez, Romano Fenati and Alex Rins, who complete the current top five.Second placed Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) already has two wins to his name this year, whilst Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) has tasted victory three times thus far and the Italian still has Miller in his sights from fourth place in the standings.In third overall, Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) has emerged as a podium contender this year and is desperate for a first Grand Prix triumph, whilst fifth placed Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) looks to recapture the 2013 race-winning form which took him to victory at Indy last year.2014 Indy Moto3 TV ScheduleFox Sports 1 will provide live-broadcast cover of 2013 Indy Moto3 at noon ET Sunday, Aug. 10.2014 Moto3 Point Standings:Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points 1 Jack MILLER KTM AUS 142 2 Alex MARQUEZ Honda SPA 123 3 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda SPA 112 4 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 110 5 Alex RINS Honda SPA 107 6 Isaac VIÑALES KTM SPA 90 7 Alexis MASBOU Honda FRA 79 8 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra POR 53 9 Brad BINDER Mahindra RSA 49 10 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM CZE 48 11 Enea BASTIANINI KTM ITA 46 12 Danny KENT Husqvarna GBR 46 13 John MCPHEE Honda GBR 45 14 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM ITA 42 15 Niklas AJO Husqvarna FIN 35 16 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM SPA 23 17 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM ITA 18 18 Livio LOI Kalex KTM BEL 17 19 Karel HANIKA KTM CZE 16 20 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra ITA 15 21 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda MAL 13 22 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra ITA 12 23 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM GER 10 24 Jasper IWEMA FTR KTM NED 4 25 Arthur SISSIS Mahindra AUS 3 26 Eric GRANADO KTM BRA 2
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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