Márquez: Patience key to Indianapolis victory
11 August 2014 – Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez says patience was key to winning the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The reigning World Champion, who becomes the first rider to claim 10 successive premier class races victories since Mick Doohan during the 1997 campaign, initially fell to fourth at the start of Sunday afternoon's race.
But he bounced back to reclaim places from Pramac's Andrea Iannone and works Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, before beating factory Yamaha team-mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in a fierce mid-race battle.
"I'm really happy to have taken this win. After the break, it was important to start with another victory," he said.
"On Saturday it seemed like it may be straightforward, but it ended up being quite the opposite. We suffered a lot and physically it was hard, there was a lot of humidity and I was sweating a lot. The track temperature rose by 10 degrees and this made the tyres behave differently. It was hard for me to have the same level of confidence.
"I was patient and when I regained the feeling I had in practice I decided to push, opening a two-second gap."
Márquez has increased his lead in the championship with 250 points, 89 ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa.