The 21-year-old Spaniard, Marc Marquez, won his 10th consecutive victory on Sunday in the MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Since his premier class debut (only at the beginning of last season), he has gone on to become the youngest-ever World Champion at the age of 20, and the first rookie to win the title since Kenny Roberts back in 1978.
It Wasn’t a Cake Walk…
Sunday’s win was by no means a walk in the park, though, as six-time MotoGP™ champion Valentino Rossi took the lead at the start and Marquez, who started from pole position, had a poor start that saw him drop down to fifth place at the end of the first lap.
By lap four, he was up to third and shortly after that he was back in the lead. Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi did all they could to stop Marquez from making it 10 from 10, but their efforts weren’t enough.
However, it wasn’t an easy victory for Marquez. The remainder of the race brought a three-way fight for the lead. On Lap 11, Lorenzo passed his teammate Rossi for the lead in Turn 1, but Marquez wasn’t a second of the beat, slicing both Yamahas in the sequence of turns in the "short chute" of the Indianapolis oval.
According to ESPN.com, from there on, “Marquez was able to establish a comfortable 0.7-second gap over his pursuers, led by Rossi, who was eventually overtaken by Lorenzo and settled for a distant third place.”
Trivia: The win matched Mick Doohan's modern-era record of 10 consecutive victories during the 1997 season.
Marquez took the checkered flag about 1.8 seconds ahead of Lorenzo after 27 laps. Rossi completed the podium ahead of Marquez’s Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa.
During a post-race debrief, Lorenzo shared why he was unhappy about the race. He believed Marquez did not race him “cleanly” during their final battles for the lead.
ESPN.com –“I have my opinion of the overtakings and Marc has his view of the overtakings," Lorenzo said. "For me, when you have to change your line because other riders don't let you enter your line, it's a little bit too much. But maybe Race Direction doesn't see things like me. It's not going to change anything, so it's better to forget it and to go as fast as possible in the next race."
With 10 wins and 250 points on the board, Marquez is set to win a second world title with ease. However, the difficult challenge will be securing a perfect season by winning the next eight races. We all better hold our breath!
With the 2014 MotoGP™ season back in the saddle, Marquez will have the chance to make it 11 wins in a row next weekend at Brno in the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Without a doubt, this season has been one for the history books, which is all the more reason to attend a race before it’s too late!
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