Third victory of the season for Marquez, who is now 56 points behind Rossi in the Championship table with 8 races left.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP provided a memorable battle with Marc Marquez emerging victorious over Jorge Lorenzo. Marc lost a position on the opening lap, dropping down to 2nd as the race began under a constant threat of a thunderstorm.
Together with Jorge, Pedrosa and Valentino, they began to open up a gap over the rest of the field. The riders split into two groups with Jorge and Marc opening up a gap and with eight laps remaining rain flags were displayed at points around the circuit. Fortunately the storm held off and the riders pushed on, tracing each other lap after lap.
Meanwhile, Marc set a new lap record (1’32.625 lap twenty four, beating his 2014 time of 1’32.831) as he chased down Jorge, passing him in turn one on lap twenty five. He was able to fend off a challenging Jorge and clinched his 7th win in America in the MotoGP class.
Marc has now moved into 3rd in the Championship Standings, 56 points behind Valentino. On Sunday, in Brno, he will have another chance to get closer to the top of the Championship table.
Marc Márquez: “The race went very well, but we were pretty much on the limit. The truth is that Jorge improved a lot during the race, and I didn’t think there would be so many laps in the 1’32s. Even towards the end of the race we did a 1’32.6, which is very fast! We used the strategy of attacking at the end, when there were three laps remaining, and I think it was ideal for taking victory at this circuit. I’m also very proud to have taken Honda’s 700th victory! This is a very special moment for all the team and I dedicate it to all of Honda.”