Rookie rider and series points leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) has spent the season re-writing the MotoGP record book. He added another chapter with Sunday’s victory at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a.k.a. The Brickyard.
With the win, the 20-year-old native of Cervera, Spain became only the third rider in the 64-year history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing to win three races in one country in the same season. It was also his fourth victory overall, matching the mark set in 1978 by American Kenny Roberts for premier class wins by a rookie rider.
Indianapolis was the third and final U.S. event on the 18-race MotoGP calendar this year. Marquez joined Jorge Lorenzo, who won three races in Spain in 2010; and Casey Stoner, who duplicated that feat in 2011 as the only triple winners in the same country. Marquez remained undefeated in five races on American soil, having won the 2011 and 2012 Moto2 races at Indianapolis
Marquez has been riding since the age of five and claimed his first U.S. Grand Prix win and first career victory at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, TX on April 21, making him the youngest premier class winner in Grand Prix history. He followed up by besting the field in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on July 21 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.
A dominant weekend
Marquez gave opponents little reason to believe they would be racing for any spot other than second place as he also won four practice runs, qualifying and warm-up leading up to the race.
“I think we did the best we can in MotoGP. I feel so good this weekend,” said Marquez in a post-race release by Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Yeah, this will be my second country.”
(In related family news, Marquez’s younger brother Alex won the Indianapolis Moto3 race.)
Marquez earned the pole to start the race but dropped to third place early on in the 27-lap race. No matter, he passed teammate Dani Pedrosa for second place on Lap 9 then began tracking the reigning World Champion Lorenzo (Yamaha), eventually making his definitive move midway through the race on Lap 13.
Marquez cruised home in 44:52.463, a gap of 3.495 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Pedrosa. It was the third Repsol Team Honda one-two finish of the season. With 188 points, Marquez now leads both Pedrosa (167) and Lorenzo (153) by comfortable margins. Marquez is seeking to become the first rookie since Roberts in 1978 to win a premier class world title.
Pedrosa surges to second
Pedrosa seemed likely to finish third before executing a slick move past the surprised Lorenzo on the next-to-last lap. Lorenzo held off Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi for the third spot on the podium, 5.704 seconds in arrears of Marquez. It was the first top three finish for both Pedrosa and Lorenzo since June’s Catalan Grand Prix.
2013 Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP Top 10
1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
5. Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha)
6. Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda)
7. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda)
8. Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha)
9. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
10. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
2013 Points Standings
1. Marc Marquez 188
2. Dani Pedrosa 167
3. Jorge Lorenzo 153
4. Valentino Rossi 130
5. Cal Crutchlow 127
6. Stefan Bradl 93
7. Andrea Dovizioso black porn 81
8. Alvaro Bautista 81
9. Nicky Hayden 72
10. Bradley Smith 59