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Indianapolis MotoGP: Marc Marquez takes 10th consecutive win

Marc Marquez, Honda, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014

Marc Marquez extended his 2014 MotoGP record to 10 wins from 10 races but his Indianapolis victory was another hard-earned affair.

The polesitting Honda got away slowly and was down in fifth initially as Andrea Dovizioso thrust his Ducati into the lead ahead of Valentino Rossi.

The Yamaha then got past the Ducati a few corners into the race, beginning a tense early stint in which Dovizioso continually probed at Rossi, who was always able to brake late enough to stay ahead.

While the two Italians battled at the front, Marquez picked his way back through to third, bringing Jorge Lorenzo with him.

When Dovizioso finally did make a move stick on Rossi into Turn 1, Rossi's retaliation attempt sent both wide at the next corner and allowed Marquez to slip from third to first.

He didn't stay there long though, as a slight error by the championship error let Rossi back through.

At this point a Marquez win did not seem a certainty, with Rossi appearing comfortable in the lead and Lorenzo giving the Honda plenty of pressure for second.

But when Lorenzo got alongside Marquez at last, he actually triggered the start of a shuffle that would allow the championship leader to escape.

As Marquez braked extraordinarily late into Turn 2 to try to retake second from Lorenzo, both men sailed past Rossi, with Marquez going from third to first for the second time in the race.

Rossi had a shot back at Marquez but could not make the move stick, and as he then got embroiled in a Yamaha intra-team battle with Lorenzo, Marquez scampered away.

By the time Lorenzo finally overtook Rossi for good in the closing stages, Marquez was nearly three seconds clear and would not be caught.

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014

Rossi fell away from Lorenzo but retained third, comfortably clear of Dani Pedrosa. Despite a fast start, the second factory Honda couldn't keep pace with the leaders.

Dovizioso lost ground as his softer tyres faded and he ultimately dropped to seventh behind the Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.

Scott Redding built on his excellent qualifying form and spent the race in a huge battle with fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow. The works Ducati eventually beat the production Gresini Honda to eighth by seven tenths of a second.

Hiroshi Aoyama completed the top 10 in a race of high attrition.

Yonny Hernandez and Alvaro Bautista collided on lap one, Andrea Iannone retired with mechanical problems from seventh place after initially running as high as third, and Stefan Bradl had a massive crash following contact with Aleix Espargaro.

MotoGP debutant Leon Camier was another retirement, halted by electronic issues.

Results - 27 laps                                     
Pos Rider             Bike                    Time/Gap
 1. Marc Marquez      Honda                 42m07.041s
 2. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                   +1.803s
 3. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                   +6.558s
 4. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                   +10.016s
 5. Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha           +17.807s
 6. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha           +19.604s
 7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                  +20.759s
 8. Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                  +39.796s
 9. Scott Redding     Gresini Honda           +40.507s
10. Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda             +55.760s
11. Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda         +1m05.130s
12. Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  +1m05.346s
13. Colin Edwards     Forward Yamaha        +1m08.919s
14. Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           +1m09.203s
15. Broc Parkes       PBM-Aprilia           +1m30.613s
   Leon Camier      Aspar Honda                19 laps
   Andrea Iannone   Pramac Ducati              14 laps
   Aleix Espargaro  Forward Yamaha             12 laps
   Stefan Bradl     LCR Honda                  12 laps
   Danilo Petrucci  Ioda Aprilia                6 laps
   Hector Barbera   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki        5 laps
   Alvaro Bautista  Gresini Honda               0 laps
   Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Ducati               0 laps
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