Marquez continues American domination, wins round 10 at Indy; Lorenzo 2nd, Rossi 3rd

By | August 10, 2015
Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez won today’s Indianapolis Grand Prix from pole position after an exciting battle with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo. The result was the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion’s seventh successive premier-class victory on American soil.
Marquez started from pole position but found himself in second place on the opening lap as Lorenzo produced one of his trademark storming starts to take the early lead. The two riders held their own private dogfight at the front of the field for the whole race, with Marquez ultimately fighting his way into the lead with just two laps remaining. Once in the lead, Marquez increased his pace to take the chequered flag 0.688 seconds ahead of Lorenzo in second place. Finishing in third place was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi who came out on top of another intense battle with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa for the final podium place. During his fierce battle with Lorenzo, Marquez was able to set a new Indianapolis Circuit Record Lap of 1’32.625 on the twenty-third lap of the race and his total finish time of 41’55.371 was twelve seconds quicker than the old overall race time record that he set last year.
After fine and hot weather all weekend, race day brought a change in conditions with intermittent rain falling throughout the day. The MotoGP race was declared dry, yet very light drizzle fell on parts of the track in the second half of the race, making the record pace set by the riders even more impressive. The peak track temperature of 38° C was eleven degrees cooler than yesterday’s highest reading. Despite the cooler track temperature and the threat of rain, tyre choice was a carbon copy of what riders used in race simulations yesterday. Twenty-one of the twenty-three riders selected the hard compound front slick, with only two riders selecting the medium compound front. Rear tyre choice saw all factory option Honda and Yamaha riders select the hard compound rear, all factory option Ducati and Suzuki riders on the medium rear, while the Aprilia and open class riders opted for the soft compound rear slick.
Marquez’s third victory of the year sees him jump into third place in the championship standings on 139 points. Rossi still leads the MotoGP points table on 195 points, although the lead over his teammate Lorenzo shrinks to nine points with eight rounds remaining.
Marc Marquez said: “The race went very well, but we were pretty much on the limit. The truth is that Jorge improved a lot during the race, and I didn’t think there would be so many laps in the 1’32s. Even towards the end of the race we did a 1’32.6, which is very fast! We used the strategy of attacking at the end, when there were three laps remaining, and I think it was ideal for taking victory at this circuit. I’m also very proud to have taken Honda’s 700th victory! This is a very special moment for all the team and I dedicate it to all of Honda.”
Indianapolis MotoGP™ Top Ten Race Classification
Race Time
Front spec
Rear spec
Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 41’55.371 Hard Hard
Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 41’56.059 0.688 Hard Hard
Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 42’01.337 5.966 Hard Hard
Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 42’01.518 6.147 Hard Hard
Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 42’16.899 21.528 Hard Medium
Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42’17.122 21.751 Hard Hard
Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42’25.749 30.378 Hard Hard
Cal CRUTCHLOW CWM LCR Honda 42’26.978 31.607 Hard Hard
Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 42’28.192 32.821 Hard Medium
Danilo PETRUCCI Octo Pramac Racing 42’29.888 34.517 Hard Medium
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