Belfast Telegraph

Magical Marquez makes it nine in row on American soil

By Paul Lindsay

Toome rider Eugene Laverty finished where started in 19th place as Marc Marquez triumphed at the Indianapolis MotoGP to maintain his remarkable record on American soil last night.

The Spanish Repsol Honda rider has now won his last nine events in the United States, including five on the world-famous Indianapolis circuit, after an epic race-long battle with Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo ended in his favour by a margin of 0.688 seconds.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi maintained his 100 per cent podium record this season to finish third, almost six seconds back and remain on top of the standings by nine points from Lorenzo. Marquez is a further 47 points back after achieving successive victories for the first time this season.

There were wet conditions for the Moto3 and Moto2 races earlier in the day but the rain clouds had largely passed by the time the MotoGP riders took to the grid and it remained dry throughout the race.

Lorenzo led into the first corner from pole man Marquez and the pair soon broke away from the rest of the field, opening up a second gap by the end of lap eight.

Marquez stalked Lorenzo until he finally made his move with three laps to go and pulled away to finish over half a second ahead of his compatriot and take Honda's 700th GP victory in the process.

Rossi started from eighth on the grid but was soon up to fourth and overtook Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa on the last lap to make the podium. Ducati Team's Andrea Iannone was a further 15 seconds back in fifth.

Marquez said: "In practice and qualifying I had the better pace and I was able to set lap times in the high 1'32's or low 1'33's, but in the race, Lorenzo found some pace and so it was a close battle.

"However, our pace was the same so it was impossible for him to create a gap and with a few laps to go I could pass him and once I was in front, I could push a little bit harder and take the victory."

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