Marquez Wins Again
At the Red Bull MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix, held August 18, 2013, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, rookie racer Marc Marquez continued his red-hot run in the United States, taking home the victory. It was the third victory in a row for Marquez on US soil, and it earned him a clean sweep of US MotoGP races for 2013. Despite the predictability of the race result based on his tremendous recent run, Marquez was not without competition on the 2.6 mile, 16 turn track.
Fans packed the stands on a sunny Sunday afternoon to watch many of the top MotoGP riders in the world duke it out for the day's honors. Marquez did not get off to the strongest of starts, with a slow first eight laps leaving him looking ahead at Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, and Yamaha team member Jorge Lorenzo. That those two racers showed strongly was no surprise, as Lorenzo is the all-time leader in podium finishes at the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, with four top-three finishes, and Pedrosa is in second with three.
Finding himself behind two strong racers, at a track with which they were very familiar, might be enough to scare off most rookies. Marquez, however, has proven that he is not like most rookies. He remained patient, staying close to both Pedrosa and Lorenzo and waiting for his opportunity to strike. On the ninth lap, Marquez saw a chance to make his first move, making an outside pass around Pedrosa into second place. After a few more laps of careful stalking, he blew past Lorenzo into first place on the thirteenth lap, and never looked back. That Pedrosa and Lorenzo were able to hang on for podium position was made all the more impressive by the fact that both are still recovering from broken collarbones suffered in recent races.
The Red Bull MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix results leave the season standings with Marquez at the top, followed by Pedrosa, Lorenzo and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi in the next three spots. Rossi, the winner of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, spent most of the race jousting in the rear of the pack, biding time and hoping to make a late move into contention. Though he wasn't able to reach podium position, Rossi did manage a late move to pull out a fourth place finish by .060 seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow.
Current MotoGP Point Standings
It was a struggle for the Americans at the MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix. Attack Performance Racing rider Blake Young was knocked out of contention after a first lap wreck, and Pramac's Ben Spies didn't make it to the race at all after a crash in training the day before the race. Spies was reportedly flying to Dallas for evaluation of his injuries. Czech racer Karel Abraham also missed the race due to injuries sustained in practice, but hopes to make it back for the next MotoGP race, which takes place in his home country.
The BWIN Grand Prix Czech Republic is all set to go for next weekend, where Marquez will try to translate his success from US soil to the wide world beyond. With a 21 point lead in the standings and four wins already under his belt this year, including the US sweep, it will be hard to bet against Marquez next weekend. The competition will be fierce, though, as always. Pedrosa and Lorenzo will be one more week removed from their previous injuries, and eager to leapfrog Marquez in the standing, while the legend, Valentino Rossi, is never far from the minds of the other racers.