MotoGP: Marquez resumes season with a win at Indy
Second half of the season begins with the world champion registering his tenth consecutive win of 2014
There it is. Marc Marquez has become the only man since Mick Doohan in 1997 to have won 10 premier class races on the trot. Though the young Spaniard's victory at Indianapolis today was more or less a foregone conclusion, we hoped to see the rest of the grid at least put up a better show and not let the race be done and dusted by the fifth lap. And we weren't disappointed.
It was an excellent start to the second half of the 2014 season, particularly for Andrea Dovizioso, as he had the best start off the line, and led at T1, only to be passed by Valentino Rossi at the very next turn. Yes, the Doctor had climbed up the order, as had Andrea Iannone, pushing down both Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo.
Dovizioso made several attempts to overtake VR46, but Rossi was in no mood to let a fellow Italian by. Even as the Ducati went past him, Rossi passed it at the next turn, and the duo were running so close, they almost made contact, and as they averted the collision, they ran wide, letting Marquez and Lorenzo sail right through. The nine-time world champion was far from done, though.
Within the next lap and a half, he'd gone past his team-mate, as well as Repsol Honda's young wonder, and you could see shades of the Rossi of old. Lorenzo continued to chase the #93 Honda, and on Lap 11, he overtook Marquez going into Turn 1, only for Marquez to pull a double whammy and slice past both Yamahas going through Turn 2. Rossi was left to deal with a charging Lorenzo as Marquez put the hammer down and eked out a sizeable lead. It was almost as if he'd had enough of toying around with the others.
Lorenzo eventually took second from Rossi, but they'll be happy with two podium spots, for Indianapolis has always been regarded as a more Honda-oriented track.
Dani Pedrosa finished fourth, having started eighth. The Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith followed Pedrosa in fifth and sixth. The two factory Ducatis ended one behind the other, too, with Dovizioso ending the race in seventh, ahead of Cal Crutchlow.
Marquez's got such a significant lead over his closest championship rival, Dani Pedrosa, that even if Marc were to miss the next three races and Dani to win all three, he'd still be behind the reigning champion on the points table.
The only thing that seems to be on everyone's mind now, is this: "Can he do this for the rest of the season? It's 10/10 today, can he make it 18/18?"
Eight more races to go, so that's still some way off, but Brno is next week, where he can make it 11/11. And really, we would be very, very surprised if it doesn't happen.
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Pol Espargaro
6. Bradley Smith
7. Andrea Dovizioso
8. Cal Crutchlow
9. Scott Redding
10. Hiroshi Aoyama
11. Karel Abraham
12. Mike Di Meglio
13. Colin Edwards
14. Michael Laverty
15. Broc Parkes