MotoGP Indianapolis: Marc Marquez wins with late Jorge Lorenzo pass

Marc Marquez snatched victory from Jorge Lorenzo three laps from home to take another Indianapolis MotoGP triumph

MotoGP Indianapolis: Marc Marquez wins with late Jorge Lorenzo pass

The reigning world champion relinquished the lead to Lorenzo at the start, as the Yamaha rider beat both Marquez and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa away to hit the front from third on the grid.

Marquez then sat on Lorenzo's tail lap after lap, waiting until three laps from the end to finally attempt a pass.

He made a move stick into Turn 1, and while Lorenzo stayed on his case, Marquez had the pace to prevent his fellow Spaniard from coming back through.

Behind the leaders, their team-mates played out a more eventful battle for third, with Valentino Rossi getting the better of Pedrosa.

Rossi stormed from eighth to fourth in the opening laps, and he then set about hunting Pedrosa as the second Honda gradually lost touch with the lead battle.

When the Yamaha eventually got through it seemed unlikely Pedrosa could fight back, but he showed some fight when a few spots of rain started to fall and re-passed the championship leader.

Pedrosa spent the next few laps preparing for an attack into Turn 1 and eventually made it stick, but half a lap later he handed the place back to Rossi by going wide at the end of the backstraight.

He made another pass into Turn 1 at the start of the final lap, but Rossi was quick to respond, pouncing at the next corner and holding onto the position to the end.

Behind the Hondas and Yamahas, Ducati's Andrea Iannone came home fifth, resisting a late surge from Bradley Smith's Tech 3 Yamaha.

They ended up comfortably clear of Smith's team-mate Pol Espargaro, who eventually got the better of a slow-starting Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow fell to the bottom of the top 10 from fourth on the grid early on, but he fought back to seventh until losing out to Espargaro.

Andrea Dovizioso, who went off at Turn 2 on the opening lap and plummeted down the order, recovered all the way to ninth, just ahead of the satellite Ducati of Danilo Petrucci, who came home 10th from fifth on the grid.

RESULTS - 27 LAPS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 41m55.371s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.688s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 5.966s
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 6.147s
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 21.528s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 21.751s
7 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 30.378s
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 31.607s
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 32.821s
10 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 34.517s
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 39.010s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 41.815s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 50.209s
14 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m00.465s
15 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m04.147s
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m05.066s
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m06.941s
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m13.862s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m18.706s
20 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m19.730s
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m19.882s
22 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 1m19.934s
- Jack Miller LCR Honda Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 195
2 Jorge Lorenzo 186
3 Marc Marquez 139
4 Andrea Iannone 129
5 Bradley Smith 97
6 Andrea Dovizioso 94
7 Dani Pedrosa 80
8 Cal Crutchlow 74
9 Pol Espargaro 73
10 Maverick Vinales 62
11 Danilo Petrucci 57
12 Aleix Espargaro 46
13 Yonny Hernandez 36
14 Scott Redding 33
15 Hector Barbera 20
16 Loris Baz 14
17 Alvaro Bautista 13
18 Jack Miller 12
19 Stefan Bradl 9
20 Michele Pirro 8
21 Nicky Hayden 8
22 Eugene Laverty 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
24 Mike Di Meglio 2
25 Alex de Angelis 1


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