Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continued to raise the bar for the MotoGP World Championship field as he registered a third dominating effort in as many trips to the United States this season.
The 20-year-old rookie MotoGP superstar was relentless throughout the Red Bull Indianapolis weekend, topping every single session leading up to his triumphant effort in Sunday’s 27-lapper.
Marquez, who ran away from the field earlier this year at the Circuit of the Americas and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, underscored the seriousness of his championship ambitions with a masterful ride in Indianapolis to defeat title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in a straight scrap.
Marquez allowed his more experienced opponents to control the race in its early stages before dispensing of his countrymen in quick succession near half-distance and then demonstrating a pace they could not match to break their hopes of slowing his momentum.
The young Spaniard was in spectacular form as he raced away, routinely lighting up the rear wheel on corner exit as he threw down a succession of blisteringly quick laps.
The win was Marquez’s third in a row, making him the youngest rider in Grand Prix history to secure back-to-back-to-back premier class victories.
If Marquez’s tremendous form continues in this fashion, he stands a very strong chance of becoming the first rookie to win the MotoGP/500GP crown since American Kenny Roberts revolutionized the sport in 1978.
Pedrosa powered past Lorenzo down the long Indy straight with two laps to go to cement a Repsol Honda 1-2 result at a circuit the team has owned in recent years.
A spirited battle (albeit nearly 20 seconds behind Marquez) was waged to determine fourth place. In the end, Lorenzo’s Factory Yamaha completed a remarkable charge up from ninth position to take the spot on the final lap ahead of Tech3′s scrappy Cal Crutchlow and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.
LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who earlier was in the mix for fourth, faded to a distant seventh.
Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso fought an intense fight of their own, one which saw the two nearly take each other out in the race’s final corner. Both men ran wide as Hayden overtook Dovizioso, opening the door for Yamaha Tech3 rookie Bradley Smith to steal eighth away from the Ducati duo. Hayden finished ninth while Dovi was relegated to 10th.
Marquez now boasts a 21-point advantage over Pedrosa as the series picks right back up next weekend at Brno in the Czech Republic.Indianapolis GP, Marc Marquez, MotoGP