3. Marc Marquez (MotoGP)
After completing a perfect first half of 2014, Marc Marquez picked up exactly where he left off with victory from pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Right throughout his career, Marc has been sensational at the Brickyard but changes had been made to the infield section this year to make one or two corners slightly faster. It was supposed to favour the Yamahas slightly more they said. Marc clearly hadn’t listened.
Marquez wasn’t exactly untouchable in qualifying although two tenths was a comfortable enough margin given the fact that riders further back in the top ten were separated by hundredths. Nor did he enjoy the smoothest of starts to the race as Valentino Rossi took up the early running but Marc has made a habit of finding new ways to win Grands Prix and this was another.
Running second between the Movistar Yamahas of Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, Marc came under pressure as they rounded turn one on lap ten with Jorge diving up the inside of him but instead of surrendering second, Marquez braved it out around the outside and found himself on the inside for turn two. Not only did he edge back ahead of Lorenzo, but Marc also caught Rossi napping to snatch a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish.
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