Respol Honda’s Marc Marquez has crowned a perfect weekend in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP with a sensational victory. Marc led every session over the weekend, broke the pole position record yesterday and also recorded a new fastest race lap of 1’39.044. Marc’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, took an impressive second place after battling with title rival Jorge Lorenzo in the final laps.
Marc suffered from a poor start and dropped back from pole to 3rd position by the first corner, with Dani in front of him in 2nd and Lorenzo taking the lead. The three Spanish riders held these positions, racing within tenths of second from each other, for the first nine laps. Then Championship leader Marc made his move and passed Dani. A few laps later, Marc had closed the gap on Lorenzo and on lap thirteen he passed him and slowly began to open a gap as he began to set fastest race laps, taking a new record on lap 18.
In the final laps, Dani found a final burst of energy and launched an attack on Lorenzo. With just two laps remaining, Dani passed Lorenzo to seize second place and complete a perfect weekend for the Repsol Honda Team. It was an inspiring ride from Dani who is still recovering from the injury sustained in Sachsenring just over a month ago.
The last eight MotoGP races in the USA have now been won by Honda riders and Marc becomes the first rider to take three MotoGP wins in the USA in a single season, having already won at both Austin and Laguna Seca. He’s the third rider of all-time to win three premier-class GP races in the same country in a single season (Jorge Lorenzo in 2010 – Jerez, Catalunya & Valencia, and Casey Stoner in 2011 – Catalunya, Aragon, Valencia, in both cases the three wins were from four races held in Spain). Marc is also the first rookie in the premier-class to win three back-to-back races since Kenny Roberts in 1978, who won in Austria, France and Mugello.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||44'52.463|
|2||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+3.495|
|3||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+5.704|
|4||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||13||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+19.895|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||11||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+19.955|
|6||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||10||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||+20.061|
|7||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||9||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||+24.842|
|8||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||8||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+40.690|
|10||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||6||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||+40.823|
|12||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||4||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||+1'06.650|
|13||Edwards Colin||5||USA||3||Athina Forward Racing||FTR-Kawasaki||+1'09.462|
|14||Corti Claudio||71||ITA||2||Athina Forward Racing||FTR-Kawasaki||+1'15.207|
|15||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||1||Avintia Blusens||FTR||+1'20.159|
|16||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||0||Avintia Blusens||FTR||+1'25.879|
|17||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Came IodaRacing Project||IODA-SUTER||+1'29.616|
|18||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||+1'36.388|
|19||Staring Bryan||67||AUS||0||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||FTR-Honda||+1 lap|
|20||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||DNF|
|21||Pesek Lukas||52||CZE||0||Came IodaRacing Project||IODA-SUTER||DNF|
|22||De Puniet Randy||14||FRA||0||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||DNF|
|23||Young Blake||79||USA||0||Attack Performance Racing||APR||DNF|
The first motorsport race which took place at Indy was a motorcycle one on August 14th 1909, on the 2.5 mile oval circuit, and despite its 100-year history it was not until 2008 that MotoGP arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To celebrate the event an intense modification of the… read more.
|Length||4.170 kilometres / 2.591 miles|
|Longest straight||0.872 kilometres / 0.542 miles|
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN, United States - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m31.619s (163.8km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)|
|Race Lap||1m32.625s (162km/) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Time||41m55.371s (161.1 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|2015 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|