Indy GP: Marc Márquez Makes It 10 Wins in a Row

The MotoGP world champion takes his tenth victory of the season at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
MotoGP rider Marc Márquez at the Indianapolis GP
Márquez pits out ready for action © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool
By Joseph Caron Dawe

The MotoGP summer break didn't take any of Marc Márquez's edge away, as the reigning world champion roared back into action with his tenth consecutive win of the 2014 season.

It maintained the Spaniard's 100% winning record this year, and left the question of whether anybody can stop the talented 21 year old unanswered.

After qualifying on pole position for the eighth time this season, Márquez recovered from a less-than-perfect start to overcome the challenges of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi to secure yet another win in what continues to be the most incredible of campaigns.

Andrea Dovizioso made one of the better getaways and led early on, but the Ducati rider faded after he and Rossi had swapped first position in the formative stages of the race. Lorenzo and Márquez then stepped forward.

Márquez and Rossi engaged in a thrilling exchange of positions, and the Honda star also went head-to-head with Lorenzo as they fought for second behind Rossi, but before even the halfway point (lap 11 of 27) Márquez hit the front, and once he saw clear track he slowly pulled open an advantage that finished with a victory by 1.8 seconds.

Lorenzo and Rossi finished second and third respectively, with Márquez's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa fourth.

It means Márquez has taken a maximum 250 points available so far in 2014, and he now holds an 89-point lead at the top of the standings over Pedrosa. Rossi sits just a further four points behind.

It was a disappointing afternoon for LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, who failed to finish, after an announcement about his switch to Forward Yamaha for 2015 had been announced in the lead-up to the GP.

That was the latest piece in the puzzle for next year after Cal Crutchlow's departure from Ducati for LCR had been confirmed shortly before. Meanwhile Lorenzo's renewal with the Yamaha factory team for another two years was made public at Indianapolis.

Quotes from the Podium:

Marc Márquez:

I struggled a bit with the front tire at the start, and tried to not overheat the tires. It was really difficult to open the gap, but in the end two seconds was enough to manage the distance and take the 25 points.

Jorge Lorenzo:

It's been a while that we've been improving, and today -- apart from Mugello -- was the cloest we've been to victory. It's a good result, we just need to improve the bike a little bit and we can challenge for the victory.

Valentino Rossi:

I enjoyed it a lot because at the beginning of the race I had a good pace and was able to stay at the front for a few laps. This track for me was one of the more difficult, and it's been since 2008 that I didn't finish on the podium here, so it's a good result.

Moto2 rider Maverick Viñales at the Indianapolis GP
Maverick Viñales: MotoGP on the horizon for 2015? © Pons Racing

Moto2: Kallio Keeps Cool for the Win

The Moto2 race had to be re-started following a red flag due to an early crash, and when action resumed it was Finn Mika Kallio who reinforced his title hopes with his third win of the season.

Kallio won by just under 1.4 seconds over rookie sensation Maverick Viñales, who confirmed over the weekend that he is seriously considering making the step up to MotoGP in 2015 with the returning Suzuki factory.

Completing the podium was Dominique Aegerter, fresh off the back of his first win last time out in Germany, while championship leader Esteve Rabat came across the line in fourth as he saw his lead at the top of the standings slashed to just seven points ahead of teammate Kallio.

Moto3 rider Jack Miller at the Indianapolis GP
Jack Miller: Still on top of Moto3 © GEPA/Gold & Goose

Moto3: First Win for Vázquez as Miller Extends Lead

Efrén Vázquez scored the first GP win of his career in his 116th race start after another tight Moto3 event that saw the top five riders cross the line separated by less than a second.

After scrapping for the lead all race long, Vázquez got the better of Romano Fenati down the straight to take the checkered flag as he drafted the Italian, while championship leader Jack Miller's advantage at the top opened up to 21 points as he came in a close third.

Ride of the race went to Alexis Masbou, who rose from last -- following a first-lap run-off -- to finish fourth, and Álex Rins and Álex Márquez completed the top six.

Three MotoGP Facts from Indianapolis

1. Marc Márquez became the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1997 to win 10 successive premier-class races. It's a feat even Valentino Rossi has never achieved in his decorated career.

2. Márquez has now won the last five MotoGP races in the US: Indianapolis 2014, Austin 2014, Indianapolis 2013, Laguna Seca 2013 and Austin 2013.

3. With third place in the Indianapolis race, Rossi became the first rider to pass the milestone of 4,000 points in the MotoGP/500cc class in the history of the sport.

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