SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Marc Marquez completed a dominant weekend by winning the MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marquez’s victory ensured that the Spaniard would top every session he took part in this weekend – something not done since Casey Stoner dominated the Australian Grand Prix event last year.
The victory marks Marquez’s third consecutive premier class race win and confirms a clean sweep of American races this season, having also triumphed at Texas and Laguna Seca.
From pole position, another poor start from the 20-year-old rookie saw Marquez fall behind both Lorenzo and teammate Pedrosa. He would overtake the pair on laps nine and 13, respectively, and – as his rivals continued to feel the effects of injured collarbones – would cross the finish line almost three and a half seconds ahead.
Pedrosa looked to be finishing the 27-lap race in third position, but sprang a surprise by slipstreaming ahead of Lorenzo at the start of the penultimate lap. For both Pedrosa and Lorenzo, this marked their first podium finishes since the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona some two months ago.
In fourth place, Lorenzo’s teammate Rossi rose from ninth on the grid and only on the final tour got the better of Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bautista, who had enjoyed a race-long battle. Stefan Bradl finished seventh for LCR Honda MotoGP.