Last Sunday’s Indianapolis GP provided two memorable battles with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez emerging victorious over Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa battling with Valentino Rossi but narrowly missing out on a podium.
Marqeuz and Pedrosa both lost a position on the opening lap, dropping down to second and third respectively as the race began under a constant threat of a thunderstorm. Together with Lorenzo and Rossi, they began to open up a gap over the rest of the field and on lap 18 Valentino passed Pedrosa into third.
The riders split into two groups with Lorenzo and Marquez opening up a gap and with eight laps remaining rain flags were displayed at points around the circuit. Fortunately the storm held off and the riders pushed on, tracing each other lap after lap. Pedrosa passed Rossi on lap 23 but was passed back within a few corners.
Meanwhile, Marquez set a new lap record (1’32.625 lap twenty four, beating his 2014 time of 1’32.831) as he chased down Lorenzo, passing him in turn one on lap 25 before pulling out a gap on his way to clinching his seventh win in America in the MotoGP class – and Honda’s 700th victory in World Grands Prix. Pedrosa and Rossi continued to trade places on the final lap but despite a valiant effort, the Spaniard was unable to take the final podium place.
Honda riders have won all the MotoGP races in Indianapolis for the past six years and now celebrate eleven consecutive wins on American soil (since Indianapolis 2010). Marc has now moved into 3rd in the Championship Standings, 56 points behind Valentino. Dani remains in 7th place on 80 points after ten rounds of the 2015 season.