MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix 2015: Race Schedule, Live Stream and Top Riders

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2015

Spain’s Marc Marquez who won, center, Spain’s Dani Pedrosa who came in second, left, and Italy’s Valentino Rossi who finish second shoot a selfie on the podium after the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring circuit in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany, Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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The racing capital of the world plays host to MotoGP this Sunday—as the Indianapolis Grand Prix takes place in the United States.

Legendary Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi leads the championship by just 13 points, with Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo on the Italian's tail.

Honda's Marc Marquez is the form rider in the field, having won the previous Grand Prix race in Germany, and he will be hoping another winning success will help bridge the gap to the dominant Yamaha bikes.

Jens Meyer/Associated Press

Here is the full weekend race schedule for the event and how you can catch the action live: 

MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix 2015: Race Schedule
DateTime (Local)Time (BST)Event
Friday, Aug. 79:55 a.m2.55 p.m.Free Practice 1
2:05 p.m.7:05 p.m.Free Practice 2
Saturday, Aug. 89:55 a.m.2:55 a.m.Free Practice 3
1:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.Free Practice 4
2:10 p.m.7:10 p.m.Qualifying 1
2:35 p.m.7:35 p.m.Qualifying 2
Sunday, Aug. 92 p.m.7 p.m.Race
IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com
2015 MotoGP Riders' Standings
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA179
2Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA166
3Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA118
4Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA114
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA87
6Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR87
7Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA67
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaGBR66
9Pol ESPARGAROYamahaSPA64
10Maverick VIÑALESSuzukiSPA57
MotoGP.com

All sessions are live on BT Sport and can be streamed through Watch BTSport (UK).

Marquez Wants a Hat Trick of Championships

Spanish superstar Marc Marquez is only in his third season of MotoGP—yet the 22-year-old is already a double world champion. 

The prodigious talent is now on the charge, and he has Valentino Rossi in his sights. But the current champion has found life more difficult this season and has not flexed the muscle of his previous campaigns. 

This season, Marquez's performances have been littered with mistakes, and the experience of Rossi has propelled him to the front of the queue. 

Jens Meyer/Associated Press

Jorge Lorenzo has stuck close to Rossi for most of the championship, and still he still poses the greatest threat to the legendary Italian. 

But Marquez is now showing signs of confidence, similar to last season, and he cannot be discounted. 

Rossi is chasing his 10th World Championship this term, and he has displayed a resolve most knew he had in his locker. But Marquez has never lost a MotoGP race on American soil, and the leader will be able to feel the Spaniard's breath on his neck, when it seemed he would never get close. 

The MotoGP's official Twitter account shared footage of Marquez's return to form in Germany:

However, it is Rossi's consistency that has been the story of the season. Despite not always finding himself near to pole position, he has managed podium finishes in each of the year's nine races, per MotoGP.com.

Second place Lorenzo had a hot streak of four straight wins, but he failed to make the podium in Germany, as Marquez leapfrogged the field. 

Andrea Iannone's third spot in the championship race is somewhat a false economy, with the Ducati rider without a win to his name. Like Rossi, he has kept a consistent edge—but now needs to find a clutch of wins. 

Vincent Jannink/Associated Press

Marquez will feel he is the favorite going into the race on one of the most famous tracks in motorsports—but the Yamahas, as a team, look unstoppable at times. 

Lorenzo has the pace to cause a shock, but all eyes will be on the Doctor, as he battles to keep top billing. 

But this shootout could be the most exciting race of the year, with Marquez now looking like the racer of old. His skills are supreme, and he will feel he can make it a hat trick of world championships.