|On his way to the world title, Alex Marquez Photo:Honda Racing|
The final race weekend of 2014 opened up with the only title battle left to be decided as Moto3 got the action under way at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste.
Jack Miller did all he could, giving everything to pull back a 1.5 second lead as the field splintered with five laps to go, reeling in Isaac Vinales’ Calvo bike to leave the Spaniard second.
Behind them Alex Marquez ran a considered race, doing just what he needed, sealing the World Championship title from third despite the best efforts of Danny Kent to push for the final podium spot.
The British riders last move for the position left him adrift of Marquez in fourth, with Alex Rins riding his own race in fifth for Estrella Galicia.
Sixth went to Efren Vazquez who briefly led when the lead group swelled to eleven, Pole man Nico Antonelli finished seventh with the Mahindra riding pair of Miguel Oliveira and Ambrogio’s Brad Binder next across the stripe in eighth and ninth respectively.
Karel Hanika took tenth, Enea Bastianini eleventh with the remaining points scrapped out between Alexis Masbou in 12th, Jakub Kornfeil in 13thfor Calvo Team, Romano Fenati making no progress in 14thwith Aspar’s Juanfran Guevara taking the final point on offer in 15th.
John McPhee was just raced out of the points in 17th position at the flag.
Moto2 had a strange and unexpected ending as a race long competition for the win between Tito Rabat and Tom Luthi ended abruptly as Rabat’s Marc VDS bike seemed to struggle over the line, his wheel lifting and slowing the champion, leaving Luthi clear to surge forward for the win on his Suter powered Interwetten Sitag bike.
Behind them Caterham’s Johann Zarco claimed the final podium spot after riding solo well behind the leaders but also clear of a fiery battle for fourth.
That hotly contested fourth spot eventually went to Luis Salom, the Pons man catching and passing Dominique Aegerter for position, as did Gresini’s Xavier Simeon for fifth, leaving the Swiss rider to struggle home in sixth.
Sam Lowes finished his first season at Speed Up strongly in seventh, Tech 3’s Marcel Schrotter eighth after a long battle with Ant West who took the flag in ninth. Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the top ten.
Jordi Torres took 11th for Aspar, Ricky Cardus 12th, Jonas Folger recovered from his involvement in Sandro Cortese’s early crash for 13th, Taka Nakagami finished 14th with Louis Rossi taking the final point in 15th.
Gino Rea was also caught up in Cortsese’s early crash, running around it for a brave 24thwith a damaged foot.
The battle for second in the championship went to Mika Kallio when his rival for the spot Maverick Vinales crashed into the back of him after being unable to stop or slow after overtaking under Aegerter.