Marquez Edges Out Lorenzo in Indianapolis

Marc Marquez claimed back-to-back victories for the first time all season after beating Jorge Lorenzo in a race-long head-to-head in Indianapolis. The world champion shadowed Lorenzo throughout a tense race before hitting the front with three laps to go and holding off the Yamaha in the run to the chequered flag.

With championship leader Valentino Rossi back on the third row, there was every incentive for Lorenzo to chase maximum points and he made a typically blistering start to grab the holeshot, leading Marquez and Dani Pedrosa through the opening sequence of corners. Rossi made slight headway, climbing to sixth, and after making short work of Bradley Smith’s Yamaha and Andrea Iannone’s Ducati, ‘The Doctor’s was giving chase to Dani’s third-placed Honda.

As spots of rain started to fall, Rossi piled the pressure on the no.26 machine and with ten laps remaining, the Italian dived through at turn two. Pedrosa, not known for his prowess in changeable conditions, launched a counter-attack on the penultimate lap, breezing past the no.46 down the pit straight but another late braking manoeuvre at turn two saw Rossi regain third, a position he would hold to the finish line.

The fight for the lead was equally competitive but Marquez would eventually make the decisive move on lap 25, slipstreaming past the no.99 Yamaha into turn one. With Jorge unable to fight back, Marc took the victory by 0.6s with Rossi finishing just one place behind his teammate, limiting the damage to his championship lead.

Pedrosa was fourth with Iannone holding off Smith for fifth while Pol Espargaro got the better of Cal Crutchlow for seventh, the LCR rider not helping his own cause with a mistake on the first lap which dropped him to eleventh. Andrea Dovizioso made an even bigger error at the same corner which left him at the tail of the field but the Ducati rider still recovered to ninth, beating Danilo Petrucci in the closing stages.



193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team41:55.371
299. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+0.688
346. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+5.966
426. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+6.147
529. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team+21.528
638. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+21.751
744. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+30.378
835. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda+31.607
94. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team+32.821
109. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing+34.517
1125. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+39.010
1268. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing+41.815
1345. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+50.209
1441. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+1:00.465
158. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing+1:04.147
1669. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team+1:05.066
1763. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing+1:06.941
1819. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+1:13.862
1950. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team+1:18.706
206. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+1:19.730
2115. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team+1:19.882
2224. Toni EliasHondaAB Motoracing+1:19.934
NC43. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda+20 Laps