Marquez extends points lead with Indy victory

Marquez leads Lorenzo and Pedrosa

Marquez leads Lorenzo and Pedrosa

Rising star Marc Marquez took another step towards his maiden MotoGP crown as he dominated the field once again to win the Red Bull Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

It wasn’t a complete lights-to-flag victory with Jorge Lorenzo leading the early stages.

However after battling back from third, Marquez showed his class at the famous American circuit to grab the lead on Lap 11 and from there he never looked back.

Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa came home in second ahead of fellow countryman Lorenzo. Marquez has now built up an ominous 21 point lead in the championship over Pedrosa.

It was Lorenzo who reacted best to the lights and he led from the outset with Pedrosa slotting into second and Marquez in third. Monster Yamaha’s Bradley Smith surprised the field by leaping into fourth position as his team mate Cal Crutchlow struggled, but it didn’t take long for him to move past and set his sights on the lead group.

On Lap 7 Marquez made his first move as he passed Pedrosa for second and was immediately on the tail of leader Lorenzo. Further back Alvaro Bautista passed Smith and then Crutchlow for fourth.

After stalking his rival for several laps, Marquez pounced and grabbed the lead from Lorenzo and quickly set about trying to gap the field. Crutchlow soon followed suit on Bautista as the battle raged for fourth position.

Marquez had topped every session and Indianapolis in the lead up to the race and he continued to show why as a string of fast laps saw him gap Lorenzo by almost a second per lap.

While Lorenzo dropped Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi was making progress moving into sixth with a move on Stefan Bradl. The real fight was for fourth with Bautista and Crutchlow trading blows.

Pedrosa showed signs of recovery late on closing the gap to Lorenzo but was unable to pass him. This pressure helped Marquez scamper away even further and in the end he took the chequered flag to record back-to-back wins in America by 3.495 seconds.

Rossi’s charge continued on the final lap as he grabbed fourth from Crutchlow with Bautista settling for sixth ahead of Bradl. Smith and the Ducati duo of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top 10.

Australia’s Bryan Staring pushed his CRT Gresini Honda to finish in 19th position.

MotoGP returns to Europe this weekend for the Czech Republic round held at Brno.

 See below for the full race result

1 Marc Marquez Honda 44m52.463s
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 3.495s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 5.704s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 19.895s
5 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 19.955s
6 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 20.061s
7 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 24.842s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 40.690s
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati 40.701s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 40.823s
11 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 59.868s
12 Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m06.650s
13 Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m09.462s
14 Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m15.207s
15 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m20.159s
16 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m25.879s
17 Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m29.616s
18 Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m36.388s
19 Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1 lap
DNF Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 17 laps
DNF Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 14 laps
DNF Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 5 laps
DNF Blake Young Attack APR-Kawasaki 0 laps

See below for the updated points standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ

188

2 Dani PEDROSA

167

3 Jorge LORENZO

153

4 Valentino ROSSI

130

5 Cal CRUTCHLOW

127

6 Stefan BRADL

93

7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO

87

8 Alvaro BAUTISTA

81

9 Nicky HAYDEN

72

10 Bradley SMITH

59

11 Aleix ESPARGARO

56

12 Michele PIRRO

36

13 Andrea IANNONE

29

14 Hector BARBERA

24

15 Colin EDWARDS

20

16 Randy DE PUNIET

19

17 Danilo PETRUCCI

18

18 Ben SPIES

9

19 Claudio CORTI

7

20 Yonny HERNANDEZ

7

21 Alex DE ANGELIS

5

22 Karel ABRAHAM

5

23 Michael LAVERTY

3

24 Bryan STARING

2

25 Hiroshi AOYAMA

2

26 Javier DEL AMOR

1

 

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