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MARQUEZ CONTINUES RECORD RUN AT RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP
Spaniard wins for second straight year at IMS; now 10-for-10 in 2014 season
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 10, 2014 - Marc Marquez's perfect season rolls on.
The Spaniard pulled away in the second half of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, beating Jorge Lorenzo by 1.803 seconds to win for the second consecutive year on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and continue an incredible 2014 season.
The 21-year-old has won all 10 races so far on the MotoGP World Championship schedule, an extended run of dominance not seen in the sport since Australia's Mick Doohan's won 10 in a row in 1997.
"I cannot explain - every race I go to the weekend and I say, 'OK, here maybe is the time to finish second or third. Here will be the time that I struggle,'" Marquez said. "But every race I feel so strong."
His afternoon at IMS began with a struggle as he fell from the pole position to fifth moments after the race began and needed 10 laps to work his way back to the front. But once there, the defending world champion held steady for the final 17 laps on his No. 93 Repsol Honda and became the first back-to-back champion at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
"The start was not so good, and in the beginning I had some moments," Marquez said. "Then when I saw the tire (come in), Jorge also attacked and tried to push in the front. I said, 'OK, now is the time I overtake them' and I started to push."
Marquez won for the fourth consecutive year at IMS, having also won in Moto2 in 2011 and 2012. In winning on Sunday, he also secured the 500th Grand Prix win for Spain. No. 499 came from Efren Vazquez, who started Sunday's racing with a win in Moto3 after a fierce battle among five riders in the closing laps.
Italy's Romano Fenati led coming into the front straightaway but Vazquez ran him down in his Honda for a 0.065-second margin at the Yard of Bricks and his first Moto3 victory.
"It was a really hard race for us and, I think, for every rider," Vazquez. "I will take it - the first victory."
Moto2 featured a dominant wire-to-wire performance by Mika Kallio of Finland, who led all 16 laps in a shortened race following an early red flag. His margin at the finish was 1.380 seconds over Maverick Vinales of Spain.
In the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, Steve Rapp won in a five-bike shootout in the closing laps.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will return in 2015, with a race date to be announced in the future.
Marquez makes it a perfect ten at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP with Pedrosa 4th
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has continued his perfect season and has become the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1997, also aboard a Repsol Honda machine, to win ten successive premier class GP races. Teammate Dani Pedrosa recovered from his eighth place position on the grid to take fourth place.
It was a frantic start to the race with Marc losing out from his pole position dropping positions and Dani making a strong start passing three riders. By the end of the first lap Marc was fourth and Dani fifth, then on lap two, Marc passed Iannone into third and Dani was passed by Lorenzo, demoting him to sixth. The top eight riders stuck together in a pack for the opening laps, with just tenths of seconds separating them. Then on lap six Marc took advantage of Rossi and Dovizioso sparring for position and running wide, and slipped into first position. Rossi re-passed Marc on the same lap but Marc remained in second place ahead of Dovizioso.
By lap ten Lorenzo had passed Dovizioso into third and at the start of lap eleven he passed Marc into turn one to claim second place. However, after immediately attacking Rossi into turn two, both riders left a gap for Marc to pass and the championship leader never looked back, recording the fastest race lap on lap seventeen (1'32.831). Dani passed Dovizioso on lap thirteen and sealed fourth position.
With his victory in Indianapolis Marc has made it a perfect ten from ten, and also earns Honda's tenth consecutive win on American soil (since Indianapoils 2010). He's also won in all his MotoGP appearances in the USA and for the second year in a row, he's completed a perfect weekend in Indianapolis after qualifying on pole and also setting a new lap record on his way to winning. This 16th MotoGP win for Marc also celebrates the 100th win for Spain in the premier class (Lorenzo 31, Pedrosa 25, Marquez 16, Criville 15, Gibernau 9, Checa 2, Elias 1, Puig 1).
Marc increases his lead in the Rider Championship with 250 points. Dani remains in second on 161 with Rossi in third on 157. Honda also lead the Constructor Championship by 76 points, and the Repsol Honda Team lead the Team Championship by 137 points.
There will be no break now for the MotoGP paddock as they pack up tonight in Indianapolis and head back across the Atlantic to the Czech Republic for Round 11 in Brno next weekend.
1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 250 points
"I am really happy to have taken this win! After the summer break it was important to start with another victory. Yesterday it seemed like it may be a straight forward race, but it ended up being quite the opposite. We suffered a lot and physically it was hard, there was a lot of humidity and I was sweating a lot. The track temperature rose by 10 degrees today and this made the tyres behave differently. It was hard for me to have the same level of confidence. I was patient at the beginning and when I regained the good feeling I had in practice I decided to push, opening that two-second gap which in the end was enough for the win"
4th - Championship Standing: 2nd - 161 points
"Overall it has been a difficult weekend in which at no point did I feel good on the bike. We couldn't find a good setup in practice. Then in the race, although I was able to move up a few places, I was always off the pace if I was going to fight for the podium"
Indianapolis MotoGP victory makes it ten out of ten for Marquez in 2014
Round 10: Indianapolis Grand Prix - Race
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday August 10 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 29-29°C; Track 40-48°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez made it ten wins from ten starts in the 2014 MotoGP? season as the reigning world champion stormed to victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Starting from pole position, Marquez had a poor start off the line and as the field completed the first lap he found himself in fourth place before he began his fight-back. Following an exciting battle for the lead, Marquez made the race-winning pass on the eleventh lap and was able to increase his pace to ultimately take the chequered flag by 1.803 seconds ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo who finished in second place. Third place went to Lorenzo's teammate Valentino Rossi who led the first ten laps of the race after a brilliant start.
Conditions were dry today, with ambient and track temperatures reaching their highest level of the race weekend, with a peak track temperature of 48°C recorded at the start of the race. The higher track temperatures didn't have an effect on race tyre choice, with riders selecting the same tyre combinations they used in yesterday's practice sessions. All except two riders selected the medium compound front slick, with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Octo IodaRacing Team's Danilo Petrucci opting instead for the hard compound front slick. Rear tyre choice saw almost every rider select their harder rear slick option; hard compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha, and medium compound for the Ducati and open-class riders, with only GO&FUN Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista breaking the trend by selecting his softer, medium compound rear slick for the race. Tyre performance at this year's Indianapolis Grand Prix which featured a revised track layout and new tarmac was exemplary, with ten of the fifteen riders that finished the race setting their fastest lap in the second half of the race.
Marquez's perfect win record means he has amassed 250 championship points to lead teammate Dani Pedrosa by 89 points, while Rossi remains four points behind Pedrosa and in third place in the standings.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"The new layout at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a welcome change and resulted in some great racing today, but once again Marc was too strong so congratulations to him and Repsol Honda on another emphatic victory. The early stages of the race were particularly exciting with many riders on different makes of machine challenging for the race lead, and this bodes well for the rest of the season. I am pleased with how our tyres performed at the revised Indianapolis circuit with excellent levels of safety, performance and durability, and I am now looking forward to next week's Czech Grand Prix as in the past few years we have had some very close races there."
Masao Azuma - Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"Although track temperatures were warmer today there were no surprises with the riders' race tyre choice, with every rider selecting the tyre combination that they preferred during the practice sessions. The medium compound front slick was the popular choice all weekend and this was chosen by almost every rider today, while the harder rear slick options were used by all except one rider for the race. The majority of the riders managed to set their best lap times in the closing stages and tyre performance was very consistent throughout the twenty-seven laps, so I am happy that our tyre allocation proved to be ideally suited to the new Indianapolis MotoGP circuit."
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda - Race Winner
"The race was so hard especially as the track temperature was higher than yesterday so I struggled a bit in the beginning and so I stayed behind Valentino until I felt comfortable with the tyres. When I felt the front tyre was working well I could improve my pace and take the lead and although it was difficult to build a gap, in the end I could take the twenty-five points."
Lorenzo and Rossi Deliver Double Podium in Indianapolis
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi put up a fierce fight today to score a double podium finish in the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Lorenzo marked his return to fitness in style, taking a stunning second at the legendary ?Brickyard'. Starting from third on the grid, the Spaniard initially dropped back to sixth place in the bunch up of riders on turn two before cutting back through the pack to take his place as a key protagonist of the race.
Teammate Rossi also made a stunning return to form after the summer break. The Doctor had an electrifying start, climbing four places from the second row of the grid to take the lead in the second corner from Andrea Dovizioso. On lap three his teammate Lorenzo arrived at the back of Marc Marquez and together they closed down the gap to the leaders. Within a few laps the tension reached fever pitch as the four rivals came within touching distance as they exchanged places numerous times.
On the tenth lap Rossi led from Marquez, closely followed by Lorenzo and Dovizioso. The order soon changed again when Lorenzo and Marquez both passed Rossi in turn two, the two Yamaha riders almost colliding in the process. Marquez took the lead with Rossi in second while Lorenzo followed in third. He was back on his way to the front when he experienced a big moment in the last corner as his knee clipped the curbstones, causing him to lose vital seconds.
Lorenzo then started to close the gap of 0.4 seconds to his teammate again and overtook him on lap 15. The Mallorcan, closely followed by Rossi, now had his eyes on the win, but by then the gap to Marquez had become too big for him to close. He finished the race in second, 1.803 seconds behind Marquez, whilst Rossi finished in third place with a gap of +6.558 seconds to his teammate.
Lorenzo's sixth premier class podium finish at the US track moves him up to the fourth position in the standings with 117 points, whist the third place finish keeps Rossi in third on 157 points.
"The beginning of the championship was a little bit of a disaster for me. I didn't feel comfortable on the bike and made many mistakes. Now I feel a lot better on the bike and I improved my physical condition. I rode well and consistently and I feel very fit on the bike. I ride against very strong riders now; Valentino improved his form this year. He is faster so it is not easy to overtake him and Marc is no longer the rookie rider he was last year. He has a very strong bike and he has more experience and is really fit and riding well. Despite this we are very focused on improving the bike. Yamaha is working very hard, so I am confident that we will get a better bike hopefully for this year, but if not for next season. Maybe on one of the next tracks that suits my riding style we can challenge Marc, but if we want to be a consistent threat to him in every race, we have to improve a bit more and that's what we are trying to do."
"I am satisfied because this is a good third place after a good battle with Jorge and Marc. I led the race, stayed in front and rode well. I'm happy because usually this is a difficult track for me. We worked well with the team and the bike was good for the race. We were able to achieve a good pace, but now we have to make another step to arrive in front of Jorge and Marc."
Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director
"It is a great result to have both riders on the podium, especially after such an exciting race to watch. The beginning where four or five riders were really fighting was good for the fans! The work they have done to improve the circuit has helped and the track definitely suits our bike a little more. Vale was able to score some valuable points and was consistently there fighting and Jorge is definitely back on form too. We leave here satisfied with our efforts and looking forward to keeping the momentum as we head to Brno."
Tech3 riders snap at the heels of the factory bikes in Indianapolis
Pol Espargaro completed the beginning of the second half of his debut season in the premier class by riding to a brilliantly undertaken fifth place in Indianapolis. The 23 year old began the race from sixth on the grid after a successful qualifying campaign and rocketed forwards to be close to the leading MotoGP bikes on the opening lap. On the seventh lap, Espargaro set into a confident rhythm matching the times of the leading five, with the reigning Moto2 World Champion rapidly closing down the sixth place of Andrea Iannone and passing him on lap 12 to clinch the position. Espargaro then firmly set about, taking time out of the Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso before dispatching him on lap 20 and meeting the chequered flag in a well deserved fifth place. His efforts today saw Espargaro achieve the highest speed on a Yamaha with 341.8 kmh, as well as aiding his advance to sixth in the World Championship standings.
Bradley Smith bounced back from a fall yesterday where he damaged his finger to show resilience and scoop a top points scoring finish in sixth. The 23 year old began the 27 lap sprint around the 4170 meter Indianapolis circuit from ninth position on the grid before launching himself up to eighth at the first corner and into the mix with the factory bikes on the first lap. Smith was shuffled down into tenth place by the end of the opening lap, but his determination prevailed as he set into a forceful rhythm moving up to seventh with twelve laps remaining. His formidable race pace saw him running 1'33 laps at the midpoint of the race and, as Smith powered onwards, he closed in on Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso on the penultimate lap. The British star successfully overtook him to bring his Monster Yamaha Tech3 YZR-M1 across the line in sixth place, concluding an impressive ride and lifting him to ninth in the championship.
"I'm reasonably happy, as it has been a good race but not an incredible one. We collected important points for the championship. I learned a lot as well today and we definitely gave our best so I have to be satisfied with the result. In addition, having just the four factory bikes in front of me I can't complain too much. My start was ok and at the beginning I tried everything to stay with Dani, but during the opening laps he was really strong and escaped quite quickly. Afterwards my race was a very lonely one until I caught Dovizioso. I then tried to push a bit harder to open a gap to him and later on I just tried not to make any mistakes. Indy has been a good start to the second part of the championship but I'm already looking forward to Brno next week where I aim to improve further."
"Overall, I am really pleased to get a strong result and finish in the top six, although I was maybe a bit too cautious at the beginning with the hot conditions here, causing the front wheel to tuck an awful lot. However, I remained calm and remembered how long the 27 laps are, so I aimed to preserve my rear tyre as much as possible and then came back strongly during the second half of the race. In fact, around the mid section of the sprint, I put my head down and lapped mid 1'33's as I was chasing after Pol and Andrea Dovizioso, who I overtook with just two laps to go. Obviously, it was a big confidence boost to see the finish flag finally in such a good position which is where I want and need to be. Now I'm looking forward to the next race in Brno where I will try to continue to climb up the rankings."
Edwards waved goodbye to the US crowd as Espargaro was obliged to retire
It was an emotional race for the NGM Forward Racing Team with two-time World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards waving goodbye to the American crowd at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his last US round at the end of a long and successful career in MotoGP as well as Superbike World Championships. The Texas Tornado had a good start and was able to manage the race, finishing in 13th position.
The race didn't go as expected for teammate Aleix Espargaro, who started from the fourth position. Aleix had a good start but lost some positions in the first laps. He was fighting hard to recover and he was in eighth position when he was hit by Stefan Bradl. In the incident his bike was damaged and the Spaniard was obliged to retire. Espargaro leaves Indianapolis seventh in the championship with 77 points and he looks forward to race in Brno next week.
"It was an emotional weekend thanks to the amazing support I have received here at Indy and from all over the world. The race was hard. I was counting the laps and on the slow down lap I waved goodbye to the crowd with the American flag that one guy of the troops gave me. It was great, but now it's time to move on."
DNF, 15 laps
"I had a good start but I was passed on the straight. I was doing my race with Smith and Dovizioso and I was able to keep my rhythm. It's a pity that I was involved in this incident with Bradl. He hit me and my bike was damaged so I had to retire. It's racing but we lost important points. We will be back stronger in Brno."
Indianapolis Grand Prix: Dovizioso battles within the leading group for half the race before finishing seventh. Crutchlow eighth.
The two Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, concluded the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, in seventh and eighth place respectively.
The Italian rider, who started from second place on the grid, powered into the lead at the first turn, and at the end of lap 1 was holding down the second position. Until lap 15 Dovizioso then formed part of a terrific scrap with Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa, always remaining in the leading group. In the second half of the race Andrea had to slow his pace and gradually lost ground, dropping two places to Pol Espargarň and Smith in the final laps and finishing seventh.
Crutchlow, twelfth on the grid, struggled to find the right pace in the early stages, but thanks also to the retirement of several riders, he then moved up four places. After scrapping with Redding in the final laps he managed to get the better of his fellow Brit to finish eighth overall.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) - 7th
"Today we really have to be happy in any case. Even though the final gap was twenty seconds and we were unable to fight until the very end, we can leave Indianapolis quite satisfied because we were simply much quicker. Unfortunately the rear tyre dropped off a lot and I was forced to use a lot of energy, but in the early laps it was great fun to fight at the front of the leading group: there were also some aggressive contact moves but they were OK, because I was the fifth ?intruder' and no one wanted to lose touch with Marquez! We are continuing to work in the right direction, and I think that our performance today also shows that."
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) - 8th
"We tried our best to improve the whole weekend and the team did a great job to be able to make a bike that was capable of being competitive. So I'm pleased with the result to finish eighth but not with the distance from the winner, which is still too far. After the arm operation I felt I was trying to recover a lot over the weekend but in the race I felt quite strong, it's just that my GP14 was quite difficult to ride. Unfortunately I was just too slow in the first ten laps of the race, but after that my laps were quite fast and consistent."
Luigi Dall'Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
"Even though the final positions of Andrea and Cal can't give us a lot of satisfaction, we leave Indianapolis with the confirmation that our work, and the latest developments on the engine and the aerodynamics, are giving positive results. For sure it gave us a lot of pleasure to see Dovizioso's excellent qualifying performance and his competitiveness and tenacity in the early stages of the race, but we are also aware that we have to continue to work hard to make further improvements to our bike."
First Open Class win for Redding in Indy
Indianapolis, USA - 10 August 2014: Scott Redding rode to an impressive ninth place finish in today's Indianapolis Grand Prix, finishing as the top Open Class rider for the first time this season.
Redding got a good start and was able to pull away from fellow Honda RCV1000R rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, before becoming involved in a race long battle with Cal Crutchlow on the factory Ducati.
The two Britons swapped places on numerous occasions, with Crutchlow narrowly taking the advantage at the chequered flag. With ninth place today, Redding now lies 12th in the championship with 40 points.
Scott Redding // 9th
"I've been strong all weekend and I'm obviously happy to be in the parc fermé for the first time. It's not the best way, because Aleix Espargaro was forced out, but the important thing is that I was the first production Honda rider home again. At the beginning of the race Aoyama was able to maintain a gap of around a second, because I was fighting with Crutchlow, but I eventually managed to pull away and then it was just down to Cal and me. It was good battling with him, even if he could pass me back every time on the straight. I think we made a good job and I'd like to thank all the guys in the team for their hard work. It's a good way to start back after the summer break and now we can look forward to the next races."
Fausto Gresini // Team Owner
"It's a big satisfaction for us to get into the parc fermé as the highest placed Open Class bike on the finish line, and we are also pleased to give this particular result to Honda. Redding has been fast over the all weekend, during which he's always been able to make a difference compared to the other riders aboard the other RCV1000R machines. This means that Scott has actually grown and now can count on a better knowledge of the bike: this is very important for the future."
EARLY FINISH FOR BRADL AT INDIANAPOLIS GP
Indianapolis, 10 August: the tenth round of the season at the updated legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw Marquez conquering another victory in front of Lorenzo and Rossi. German LCR Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl started from the head of the fourth row with the intention to bounce back from an "up-and-down" first part of the season but the 24-year-old was involved in a typical racing accident at 15 laps to go.
Stefan: "Disappointing Sunday for us. My start was so and so pretty similar to the others. I was in the same group of Aleix and Pol Espargaro and I could see that my pace was faster in some areas but Aleix had some advantage in some corners so we raced with the same pace. At the end of the straight I tried to attack him but we were on the same line and he released the brake a little bit closing my corner space. I hit him in the back and we both crashed: it was a racing accident that can happen to anybody".
An action packed beginning to the Moto2 race saw Josh Herrin make a superb start as he launched himself off the line to gain three places on lap one. Pushing hard the young American fought his way up to sixteenth place. With Johann Zarco in sixth position the AirAsia Caterham Team were looking strong before a crash involving four riders brought the red flag out.
A sixteen lap race restart was declared with the field starting from their original grid positions.
Despite having all the work to do again, both riders headed back onto the grid feeling confident and ready to fight for the points.
Herrin made another good start but disaster struck as he was caught up in a four rider crash in Turn Two. Returning to the pits his crew worked quickly to repair the #2 Caterham Suter allowing him to resume his race.
Meanwhile Zarco fought hard to keep up his pace as he became locked in a battle for sixth place. Struggling with his feeling on the bike the Frenchman crossed the line in a respectable tenth place.
#5 Johann Zarco: P10
"We had the first start, then there was a red flag and I restarted again in fourth position for a sixteen lap race. I really thought that this race would be even better than the first because I felt that I could be faster.
"Finally in the second start the situation was the same with the same fast group in front of me, but I could not keep the pace, so then I was fighting for sixth place. It was a group from sixth to eleven I think and here it was too difficult. The feeling wasn't coming like in Qualifying. I tried to keep calm and not make the same mistake as Sachsenring, but even like this the lap time was so slow. I saw lap by lap I could not really fight anymore.
"I'm disappointed that I could not achieve sixth position but after how hard it has been this weekend and how far down I was throughout the practice sessions, tenth place is not that bad.
#2 Josh Herrin: P28
"My first start was good and I managed to work my way through to sixteenth. Before the red flag came out I felt like I could have continued to fight hard to catch the guys in front.
"As the race restarted there was a lot of shuffling about and I was forced off the track and out onto the grass. It's definitely not the way we wanted to end the weekend. Luckily the bike wasn't too damaged and the guys were able to fix a bar so I could go back out, finish the race and get some track time.
"I've just got to keep trying, stay focussed and hopefully with a bit of luck too we will get the results."
Johan Stigefelt - Team Manager: "This weekend has been tough but we managed to do a very good job in Qualifying yesterday. We were trying to do the best out of that and after how much we had struggled our target for Johann was to stay in the top ten.
"Johann did well in both race starts today and was well with the top five but he had a problem with the rear and so we have to accept tenth position. He potentially could have been sixth but he said it was very difficult to fight for that. I think he did well to bring the bike back home and we gained another position in the Championship which is good. We will now go to Brno, a track that suits him better, so let's see there. We will keep working to improve the bike for the races because that's where we are lacking performance and need to be stronger.
"Josh did very well in the first race and was up to sixteenth position when the red flag came out. In the second race he unfortunately crashed as some other riders went down in front of him. It was very disappointing as he has worked to improve his performance. I think if the red flag hadn't have come out, it could have been a different story."