MotoGP Grand Prix of Indianapolis 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

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MotoGP Grand Prix of Indianapolis 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction
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The motorcycling phenom that is Marc Marquez made it 10 MotoGP victories in a row on Sunday, cruising to victory in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, as MotoGP revealed via Twitter:

Starting from pole, there never looked like being another winner—as has been the case in every race this season, as Marquez etched his name into the history books at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Claiming 10 victories in succession matched a record set 17 years ago by Mick Doohan for Marquez, who just seems to be getting better with every race, per MotoGP:

Jorge Lorenzo put up a good fight to come second behind the 21-year-old, while Valentino Rossi claimed third, as we see below:

Grand Prix of Indianapolis Results
Position Rider Nationality Team Time
1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team 42'07.041
2 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +1.803
3 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +6.558
4 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team +10.016
5 Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +17.807
6 Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +19.604
7 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team +20.759
8 Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team +39.796
9 Scott Redding GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini +40.507
10 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar +55.760
11 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing +1'05.130
12 Mike di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing +1'05.346
13 Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing +1'08.919
14 Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport +1'09.203

The defining feature of Marquez’s brilliance this season has been the timing of his attacks, and he once again demonstrated how lethal he can be at the perfect moments in Indianapolis.

The Spaniard remained patient for the opening 10 laps, but he struck in Lap 11 to overtake Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso to put himself on course for victory, as MotoGP’s video shows:

From then on, it was the Marquez show, taking corners in his usual, perfect style to cross the line just short of two seconds ahead of Lorenzo.

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While Marquez’s dominance this season is something MotoGP has scarcely seen before, one man that’s been a consistent force for almost two decades is Rossi, whose third-place finish earned another personal milestone.

His Grand Prix of Indianapolis points took him over the 4,000 mark for his astonishing career, and he could well have capped such a historic day with victory, but it wasn't to be:

The Italian did all the early running with Dovizioso but just ran out of steam after Marquez passed him.

Maybe that was due to the realisation setting in that the Spaniard was once again going to be top of the podium ahead of him, but his overall performance was still something to be admired.

Michael Conroy/Associated Press

Not nearly as much as Marquez’s performance, though, who looked incredibly comfortable once he moved into the position he’s grown accustomed to being in—the lead.

Speaking after the race, the 21-year-old reflected on what he labelled a tough race, saying that front-tyre problems almost cost him the title, per MotoGP:

However, he certainly didn't look like he was having any problems as he breezed around the track, which begs the question: What could possibly stop Marquez?

Here’s a look at the rider standings after another fantastic win in India:

MotoGP 2014 General Classification Standings
Position Rider Team Nationality Points
1 Marc Marquez Honda SPA 250
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda SPA 161
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 157
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha SPA 117
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 108
6 Pol Espargaro Yamaha SPA 78
7 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha SPA 77
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 62
9 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 58
10 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 56
11 Alvaro Bautista Honda SPA 50
12 Scott Redding Honda GBR 40
13 Cal Crutchlow Ducati GBR 36
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda JPN 34
15 Nicky Hayden Honda USA 29
16 Yonny Hernandez Ducati COL 27
17 Karel Abraham Honda CZE 23
18 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha USA 11
19 Michele Pirro Ducati ITA 7
20 Broc Parkes PBM AUS 7
21 Mike di Meglio Avintia FRA 4
22 Danilo Petrucci ART ITA 4
23 Michael Laverty PBM GBR 2
24 Hector Barbera Avintia SPA 2

Next up for the Spaniard is the Czech Republic Grand Prix, where he comes into the race as defending champion.

The early form of Marquez was blistering, but it was always deemed too early to talk about him winning every grand prix of the season.

Michael Conroy/Associated Press

Ten races down and eight to go means that it’s a distinct possibility, though, and mission one of eight begins in Brno next week.

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