MotoGP Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi threw everything into stopping runaway championship leader Marc Marquez scoring his tenth consecutive victory at Indianapolis on Sunday, but the reigning world champion emerged on top once more after a thrilling contest.
Marquez made a bad getaway from pole, with Rossi and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso leading the early laps. The two Italians came unstuck however when they contested the lead, allowing a stalking Marquez through into first. Rossi counter-attacked savagely and re-passed Marquez, but was then under pressure from both the Repsol Honda man and team-mate Lorenzo.
Lorenzo made a bid for 2nd with half the race to go that sent both him and Marquez past the suprised Rossi, who dropped from the lead to third in just two corners. It was the final slice of action in a race that saw its fair share of overtaking and battling at the sharp end.
Elsewhere Britain’s Scott Redding took the laurels in the Open Class by finishing 9th while team-mate Alvaro Bautista crashed on lap one after contact with Pramac rider Yonny Hernandez. Andrea Iannone ran strongly in the opening laps before retiring the second Pramac with electrical problems, and Leon Camier – standing in at Aspar for the recovering Nicky Hayden – missed out on points on his MotoGP debut when mechanical gremlins stopped him mere laps from home. There was also disappointment for Aleix Espargaro and NGM Forward when Stefan Bradl hit the Spaniard from behind and took both riders out, although the mood was lifted by Colin Edwards managing a handful of points for 13th on his final appearance in the US before retirement.
CLASSIFICATION – Race – Indianapolis MotoGP – 10th August 2014
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