Marquez pips Lorenzo in Indianapolis duel

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez scored his third MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix triumph after coming through an epic duel with Jorge Lorenzo.

The reigning world champion was forced to stalk Lorenzo for the majority of the race after losing his pole position advantage at the start.

Marquez applied pressure on the former double world champion lap after lap until he pounced at Turn 1 with only three laps remaining.

Lorenzo tried to fight back but Marquez held on to take back-to-back victories for the first time this season, with championship leader Valentino Rossi in third.

The battle for the final podium spot raged throughout the race between Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Rossi.

Pedrosa held sway in the early stages of the race as Rossi surged from eighth to fourth position.

Rossi soon found his way through although Pedrosa regained the spot from the nine-time world champion when spots of rain began to fall.

The duo continued to fight hard for the position before Rossi finally made a move stick to claim third and a bunch of valuable championship points.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone pipped recently crowned Suzuka 8 Hours winner Bradley Smith to fifth, while Pol Espargaro brought his Tech 3 Yamaha home in seventh.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow finished eighth ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci.

Jack Miller endured another difficult day on the Open Class LCR Honda as he became the race’s only retirement after crashing out on lap eight.

The Australian MotoGP rookie had started the race from a season best qualifying result of 16th position.

Meanwhile, Rossi continues to lead the championship standings although his lead has been cut to nine points ahead of the championship’s visit to the Czech Republic from August 14-16.

Result: MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix 

Position Rider Team Laps Gap
1 Marc Márquez Honda 27
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 27 0.688
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 27 5.966
4 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 27 6.147
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati 27 21.528
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 27 21.751
7 Pol Espargaró Tech 3 Yamaha 27 30.378
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 27 31.607
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 27 32.821
10 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 27 34.517
11 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 27 39.010
12 Yonny Hernández Pramac Ducati 27 41.815
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 27 50.209
14 Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 27 1:00.465
15 Héctor Barberá Avintia Ducati 27 1:04.147
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 27 1:05.066
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati 27 1:06.941
18 Álvaro Bautista Gresini Aprilia 27 1:13.862
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 27 1:18.706
20 Stefan Bradl Gresini Aprilia 27 1:19.730
21 Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 27 1:19.882
22 Toni Elías Honda 27 1:19.934
Jack Miller LCR Honda 7 Retirement

Championship Standings

Position Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 195
2 Jorge Lorenzo 186
3 Marc Márquez 139
4 Andrea Iannone 129
5 Bradley Smith 97
6 Andrea Dovizioso 94
7 Daniel Pedrosa 80
8 Cal Crutchlow 74
9 Pol Espargaró 73
10 Maverick Viñales 62
11 Danilo Petrucci 57
12 Aleix Espargaró 46
13 Yonny Hernández 36
14 Scott Redding 33
15 Héctor Barberá 20
16 Loris Baz 14
17 Álvaro Bautista 13
18 Jack Miller 12
19 Stefan Bradl 9
20 Michele Pirro 8
21 Nicky Hayden 8
22 Eugene Laverty 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
24 Mike Di Meglio 2
25 Alex de Angelis 1

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