Márquez clinches commanding Indy win
18 August 2013 – Marc Márquez has won the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Spaniard recovering from a poor start to cap a dominant weekend, eventually finishing over three seconds ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo had initially led the early stages after getting the jump on the two Repsol Honda machines as the lights went out. Dani Pedrosa muscled the slower-starting Márquez back into third before the first corner, while a stunning start for Bradley Smith saw him rocket up to fourth.
Lorenzo then proceeded to eke out a half-second gap, while Márquez remained tucked up behind Pedrosa. Clearly held up, it seemed to be only a matter of time before the rookie played his hand. Having topped the timesheets in every single session over the course of the weekend, the reigning Moto2 champion made his inevitable way past Pedrosa with a clever switchback manoeuvre with 19 laps to go, and repeated the same feat on Lorenzo four laps later to move into the lead.
Despite being uncharacteristically slow to pull away from the chasing pack, Márquez played his final ace by setting the circuit’s lap record, clocking a 1:39.051 to just edge out Pedrosa’s previous time of 1:39.088. With his superior pace beginning to tell, he eventually crossed the line 3.4 seconds clear to extend his championship lead, and has now claimed victory more times than any other rider in 2013.
Pedrosa made a late move on Lorenzo to take second, and quickly pulled out a comfortable buffer to the reigning World Champion.
Further back, Valentino Rossi’s lonely race picked up dramatically in the final laps. Having saved his tyres well after starting from ninth, he picked off a struggling Stefan Bradl to move up to sixth, before catching the duelling duo of Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista. Locked in a seemingly never-ending battle for fourth all race long, the pair’s efforts were to ultimately prove fruitless as the nine-time champion scythed past Crutchlow on the last lap to claim the spoils.
Bradl came home in seventh, while an amazing final-turn showdown between the Ducati’s of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovisioso sent them both over the exit kerbing, allowing Bradley Smith to steal eighth on the run down to the start/finish line.
Ahead of next weekend’s Czech Grand Prix at Brno, Márquez's championship lead now stands at 21 points to the chasing Pedrosa (167). Lorenzo has dropped to 35 points behind the leader on 153.
The next race of the MotoGP World Championship takes place at Brno on August 25.