DOHA: Jack Miller yesterday posted a brilliant maiden win of his career in the first race of the year, finishing ahead of Alex Marquez second and Efren Vazquez third.
Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rode brilliantly with his new team, starting third on the grid and running at the front with Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) from the start as pole man Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) made a poor start and dropped to 12th.
Miller and Marquez then battled for the lead but a late mistake from Marquez let the Australian in on the last lap for his first victory and first podium in Grand Prix.
Behind the leading pair Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) crossed the finishing line just 0.047s off second place to complete the podium and step onto the rostrum for the first time since 2011.
Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) was the best of the seven Mahindra equipped riders in the race, missing the podium by just 0.015s in fourth.
Rins incredibly got back up towards the top three having been stranded way down the field on the first lap and he too was just a fraction behind Oliveira in fifth.
Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team) was also close to the front running group, eventually placing sixth, whilst a 1.5s gap behind him the experienced Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) came home seventh.
Isaac Vinales (Calvo Team), Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) and Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) completed the top ten.
The unlucky Jules Danilo (Ambrogio Racing) crashed on the last lap, Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia) retired mid race after an earlier accident, whilst Hafiq Azmi (SIC-Ajo KTM) and Eric Granado (Calvo Team) crashed out early on, with Gabriel Ramos (Kiefer Racing) pulling up with a technical problem.
There were also crashes too for Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) and Juanfran Guevara (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3), but all the riders were fine.The Peninsula