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Marc Marquez (c) overtook Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo (l) and Valentino Rossi (r) to score his second straight MotoGP win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marc Marquez (c) overtook Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo (l) and Valentino Rossi (r) to score his second straight MotoGP win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Marquez a perfect 10 with Indy win

Written by  on Sunday, 10 August 2014 22:40

MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez won his 10th consecutive race on Sunday at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi joining him on the podium.

The victory saw Repsol Honda’s Marquez become the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1997 to win 10 successive premier class races. It was also the 100th win for a Spanish rider in the premier class and the 500th win for Spain across all categories.

A slow start off the line had Marquez some way down the order and allowed Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) to make an early break. A three-way battle quickly emerged between Rossi, Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) as Dovizioso’s tires began to fade.

Lap 11 saw Marquez take the lead with an impressive move on the Yamaha pair, going on to win by just under two seconds from Lorenzo.

“The race was very hard, especially as the track temperature was very high. I struggled a little with the front tire so I stayed behind Rossi to try to keep the front tire cool. I tried to push but then the rear started sliding! Eventually I was able to open the gap and take 25 points,” said Marquez.

“We will try to fight for the victory in Brno. The test we had went well but it was very slippery so we don’t have too much data. I have never gone great there and Jorge and Vale are very strong there.”

Lorenzo got the better of his teammate Rossi for second.

“It has been a long road, but we are getting better and better. This is the closest race, other than Mugello, we have had to the front. I made a good start and that was critical. But I wasn’t strong enough on the brakes so I had to wait for other riders to make a mistake or run wide. I needed one or two tenths to catch Marquez, hopefully it will come at the next race,” said Lorenzo.

“The bike was working very well and I was able to get faster and faster, once Marc attacked Valentino his pace improved. Maybe on more of a Yamaha track and a track that is better for my style we can challenge him. Brno is luckily a track that I really like and our bike works well at.”

In finishing third Rossi becomes the first rider to score 4,000 premier class points.

“I knew it would be difficult as Marc and Jorge were faster than me in practice,” Rossi said. “It was a good start though as I was able to lead. I tried to push to the limit to stay with Marc but he got past. I would have hoped to have a bit of a better battle with Lorenzo. But I am satisfied as this is one of my worst tracks, with no podium since 2008!”

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) finished fourth as he came through from eighth on the grid, gambling on a harder front tire.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) rode well to finish fifth with his teammate Bradley Smith crossing the line sixth after suffering a heavy crash on Saturday in which he aggravated an old finger injury.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) was 20 seconds behind his seventh placed teammate Dovizioso in eighth, with Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) just behind Crutchlow at the finish in ninth. Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar) completed the top 10 but there was bad luck for his substitute colleague Leon Camier, who retired with six laps to go.

There were also retirements for Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Danilo Petrucci (IodaRacing Project) due to technical issues. In addition, at Turn 4 of lap one Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) crashed out with Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing).

On lap 13 Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) clashed as Bradl crashed out and Espargaro’s bike was badly damaged forcing him to pull off track, having initially tried to continue.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) stopped with a problem on lap 17, having been well placed in eighth.

In a restarted Moto2™ race at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix pole man Mika Kallio scored a runaway win, with Maverick Viñales and Dominique Aegerter joining the Finn on the podium.

Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) held his nerve to charge to victory around the modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway track in a shortened 16-lap contest, with the initial race cut short by a red flag due to a crash involving Azlan Shah (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia), Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team), Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing) and Randy Krummenacher (IodaRacing Project).

Pasini walked away and was taken to hospital for precautionary scans, whilst Krummenacher’s machine was damaged and he was unable to participate in the restarted race despite the best efforts of the Octo IodaRacing Team.

The race was restarted for 16 laps with the riders in their original grid positions and Kallio would eventually cross the finish line 1.38s ahead of impressive rookie Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), while Technomag carXpert rider Aegerter’s good form continued in third.

A mistake from Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) with two laps to go under pressure from Viñales dropped him from second to fourth, allowing Kallio to close to within seven points of the championship leading Spaniard in the standings.

The Moto3™ race at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix brought a first career win for Efren Vazquez, with Romano Fenati and Jack Miller joining him on the podium.

A great battle saw a front running group pull away in the early laps with the lead changing hands throughout the 23-lap contest, only for Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) to secure maximum points for the first time - in his 116th Grand Prix ride.

Italian rider Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) had held the lead in the final stages but missed out by 0.065s on the finish line in second place, while Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took third to keep his title challenge going.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

25

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

42'07.041

2

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

20

Yamaha Factory Racing

YAMAHA

+1.803

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

16

Yamaha Factory

YAMAHA

+6.558

4

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

13

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+10.016

5

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

11

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+17.807

6

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

10

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+19.604

7

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

9

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+20.759

8

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

8

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+39.796

9

Scott Redding

45

GBR

7

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+40.507

10

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

6

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+55.760

11

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

5

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

+1'05.130

12

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

4

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'05.346

13

Colin Edwards

5

USA

3

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+1'08.919

14

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

2

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

+1'09.203

15

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

1

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'30.613

16

Leon Camier

2

GBR

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

DNF

17

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

DNF

18

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

DNF

19

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

DNF

20

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

DNF

21

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

DNF

22

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

DNF

23

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

DNF

MotoGP Point Standings (courtesy Yamaha)

1.

Marc Marquez

Honda

ESP

250

2.

Daniel Pedrosa

Honda

ESP

161

3.

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

ITA

157

4.

Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha

ESP

117

5.

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

ITA

108

6.

Pol Espargaro

Yamaha

ESP

78

7.

Aleix Espargaro

Forward Yamaha

ESP

77

8.

Andrea Iannone

Ducati

ITA

62

9.

Bradley Smith

Yamaha

GBR

58

10.

Stefan Bradl

Honda

GER

56

11.

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

ESP

50

12.

Scott Redding

Honda

GBR

40

13.

Cal Crutchlow

Ducati

GBR

36

14.

Hiroshi Aoyama

Honda

JPN

34

15.

Nicky Hayden

Honda

USA

29

16.

Yonny Hernandez

Ducati

COL

27

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John Hopkins

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