For the sixth consecutive year, the MotoGP Championship headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix marked the third and final MotoGP to occur on US soil for the 2013 season, Indy joining Circuit of the Americas and Laguna Seca.
And when MotoGP fans speaks of the 2013 stateside races, one name will highlight the conversation – Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda rider was victorious at Circuit of the Americas and Laguna Seca, and totally dominated Indy MotoGP.
How dominate? The 20-year-old rookie led every practice session ahead of taking the pole and the eventual win. Joining Marquez on the podium were two of his fellow Spanish countrymen – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.
But it wasn’t an easy win; Marquez dropped back to third after Lorenzo took the holeshot with Pedrosa in tow. Marquez would take Pedrosa on lap nine, and Lorenzo on lap 13, and never be challenged again.
Marc Marquez (Respol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “I am very happy to have taken another 25 points! I knew before we came here that this would be a good opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it. I felt very good throughout the weekend, and I think this has been my best GP overall since coming into the premier class.
“I was first in every session, so I couldn’t ask for more. In the race I decided to follow Lorenzo and Pedrosa, trying to save my tyres at the start. When I saw that I was feeling good and had less fuel in the tank, I tried to attack. In the end I was able to break away and have some fun sliding the bike around and enjoying how good the ride was! Now we head back to Europe, where we will try to continue working in the same way and see how many points we can pick up.”
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi finished fourth, almost 20 seconds behind the podium finishers. The nine-time World Champion just edged out Monster Yamaha Tech 3, and future Ducati Team rider Cal Crutchlow.
Rounding out the top 10 were GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, and the Ducati duo of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.
Ultimate MotorCycling contributor Ara Ashjian was shooting at Indy MotoGP. Attached above is a photo gallery of images taken by Ashjian. Each photograph also makes for great wallpaper. To download, chose the desired thumbnail to expand, right click and Save to Desktop Background.
For a review of Indy MotoGP, including full results and current point standings, click here.