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|
|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.
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.
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|
|7||Aleix Espargaro||Forward Yamaha||SPA||77|
|18||Colin Edwards||Forward Yamaha||USA||11|
|21||Mike di Meglio||Avintia||FRA||4|
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.
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.