Marc Marquez claimed his third consecutive MotoGP victory and the fourth of the seasonin the 10th round of the 2013 MotoGP championship at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The amazing and spectacular rookie dominated all the practice sessions and also broke several more recordsduring the weekend, including shattering the previous pole position record by almost a second, and leaving his closest rivals in qualifying more than half a second adrift.
With his latest victory, Marquez also became the first rider to take three MotoGP wins in the USA in a single season after winning at both Austin and Laguna Seca, and also became the first rookie in the premier-class to win three back-to-back races since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Marquez did not have great start as he dropped back from pole to 3rd position by the first corner, with team mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo taking the lead.
The three Spaniards would break away from the rest of the field, and for the first nine laps, there was very few tenths between them, but on lap 9 Marquez made a bold outside pass on Pedrosa to take second setting his sights on the Yamaha rider right in front of him.
Lap 13 saw the rookie take the lead from Lorenzo at turn 2, who was beginning to have grip issues.
Marquez then hammered out 1.39.0 laps - setting a new race record - that was untouchable by the two riders following him, and opening a comfortable gap he would take another well deserved victory with an almost 3.5 second margin.
Pedrosa, who is still recovering from a painful collarbone fracture made it a Honda one-two, when he caught Lorenzo – also recovering from two consecutive collarbone surgeries - with just two lap remaining in the race.
Valentino Rossi spiced up the race with a charge.
The former 9 time World champion had a horrible qualifying session that left him to start 9th on the grid.
For the first half of the race he was riding in a lonely 7th but he suddenly began lapping faster and making up for lost time, caught up to Stefan Bradl who was previously more than five seconds ahead of him.
Disposing of the German rider he then raced after the battling Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista, who were exchanging positions for fourth several times.
On the penultimate lap Rossi barged past Bautista and then on the final lap, just a few turns before the finish line, he stuffed his M1 up past the Yamaha Tech3 rider to grab fourth by just 0.060s.
Stefan Bradl, would ride to a lonely 7th ruing his three crashes during the weekend, that made his lose his confidence after an initially promising weekend that also saw him have his contract renewed for another season.
Indianapolis was another Ducati challenge for Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, that would turn into a final corner tussle between the two for the 8th spot.
Hayden and Dovizioso swapped paint, for the second time in two consecutive races.
The contact between them sent them off the racing line flying over the high kerb which allowed Bradley Smith to sneak by and pip them both by a mere 0,011s.
Marquez now heads to the Czech Republic with a 21 point lead in the standings over Pedrosa.
2013 MotoGP Indianapolis Race Results:
- 01- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – 27 laps in 44’52.463
- 02- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 3.495
- 03- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 5.704
- 04- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 19.895
- 05- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 19.955
- 06- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 20.061
- 07- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 24.842
- 08- Bradley Smith – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 40.690
- 09- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 40.701
- 10- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 40.823
- 11- Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 59.668
- 12- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 06.650
- 13- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 1’09.462
- 14- Claudio Corti – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 1’15.207
- 15- Hiroshi Aoyama – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1’20.159
- 16- Hector Barbera – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1’25.897
- 17- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda Suter BMW – + 1’29.616
- 18- Michael Laverty – Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM 01 – + 1’36.388
- 19- Bryan Staring – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – FTR Honda MGP13 – 1 lap