Marc Marquez claimed victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after an epic, race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo. It was Marquez’s fifth-straight MotoGP victory at Indy and his ninth-straight win on American soil. Jorge Lorenzo, who led all of the race but the final three laps, took second to close the championship gap to Valentino Rossi.
Rossi, who took third after his own race-long battle with Dani Pedrosa (4th), now leads the championship by nine points after ceding four points to Yamaha teammate Lorenzo. Rossi has finished on the podium every race this year. Pedrosa, who held third for much of the race, finished 15 seconds in front of fifth-place Andrea Iannone. Bradley Smith held tight on Iannone's tail but was unable to pass and so took sixth. Another nine seconds back were Pol Espargaro (7th) and Cal Crutchlow (8th) who partially made up for a lousy start that left the Briton in 13th early on.
Andrea Dovizioso, who ran wide on the race's first lap and dropped to last place, charged through the pack to reclaim ninth just in front of Danilo Petrucci (10th).
Rain was predicted mid-race for the circuit, so each team was ready with a rain-tire bike staged in pit lane when the contest began.
Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the holeshot with Marquez right on his tail. With 26 laps to go, Lorenzo led Marquez and Pedrosa with Rossi making a charge from eighth on the grid to settle into fourth place.
As Lorenzo and Marquez began opening a gap, Rossi began finding spped that had eluded him in qualifying and practice. He set a handful of the fastest laps of the race and closed the gap to Pedrosa with 16 laps remaining. With 12 laps to go Rossi, was locked on Pedrosa's tail and two laps later at Turn 2, he passed the Spaniard for third place.
At the front, Marquez too closed the slight gap to Lorenzo. With eight laps remaining, a rain flag came out at Turn 8 but the sprinkling wasn't enough to slow the riders.
With four laps remaining, both Lorenzo and Marquez broke the lap record as Lorenzo tried to hold off the current world champion. But a lap later, Marquez passed Lorenzo for good and opened a slight gap. Pedrosa refused to be dropped by Rossi and twice repassed the Italian, the second coming at Turn 1 on the final lap. But Rossi immediately answered back at Turn 2 and held on for third place.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|17||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||+1'06.941|
|21||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||+1'19.882|
|43||Jack MILLER||Honda||20 Laps|