Marc Marquez won his record-tying 10th race in a row Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jorge Lorenzo took the mid-race battle with Valentino Rossi to earn second. Rossi, who led the race early on, held on to third, more than four seconds behind the winner. Dani Pedrosa made up for third-row qualifying to grab fourth and Pol Espargaro completed a strong weekend with a fifth place after a late-race pass of Andrea Dovizioso. Bradley Smith, after a brutal high side during the previous day's qualifying, seized sixth -- also after a late pass of Dovizioso (7th).
Cal Crutchlow put his Ducati into eighth, his best showing on the Italian bike since the first race of the season. Scott Redding took ninth with Hiroshi Aoyama completing the top 10.
Under a cloudy sky but dry track, eight riders either crashed out or retired during the race, leaving every finisher in the points including a soon-to-retire American Colin Edwards II who finished 13th in his final MotoGP race in America.
The race began with Andrea Dovizioso leading into the first corner but surrendering that lead at Turn 2 to a hard-charging Rossi who had a blistering start from the second row. Dovizioso repassed Rossi two laps later.
Then the fun began.
Rossi repassed Dovizioso bumping him and sending both wide. Marquez and Lorenzo slipped through to grab first and second. Rossi repassed Lorenzo and settled in behind Marquez. Marquez ran wide and Rossi repassed him. With 21 laps to go, the top five in order were Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Iannone.
Initally, Rossi opened up a half-second gap. But five laps later, Marquez retook the lead. Lorenzo quickly closed the distance to Rossi and passed him with 12 laps to go. By this point, Marquez had opened a 1.2-second gap to second -- a distance he maintained the rest of the contest. Lorenzo opened a similar size gap to Rossi -- an order that didn't change for the rest of the race.
Marquez's 10th consecutive win marks the first time a rider has won 10 in a row since Austrailian Mick Doohan accomplished the feat in 1997 -- also as Repsol Honda rider.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|12||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'05.346|
|13||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||+1'08.919|
|2||Leon CAMIER||Honda||8 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||13 Laps|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||15 Laps|
|6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||15 Laps|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ART||21 Laps|
|8||Hector BARBERA||Avintia||22 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||0 Lap|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Honda||0 Lap|