2015 Indy MotoGP Results | Red Bull Indianapolis GP Recap

2015 Indy MotoGP Results | Red Bull Indianapolis GP Recap Valentino Rossi
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi

2015 Indy MotoGP Results

2015 Indy MotoGP Results | Red Bull Indianapolis GP Recap
Honda’s Marc Marquez

Two main threats were in play ahead of the 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix – rain and the rider with a perfect record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marc Marquez. Though the red and white flag signified that rain drops were present with eight laps to go, the race remained dry for the entire 27-lap encounter that took riders nearly 70 miles around the 2.591-mile circuit containing 16 corners.

But the threat of Marquez didn’t subside. The 22-year-old Repsol Honda RC213V pilot remained in second until three laps remained in 2015 Indy MotoGP, round 10 of 18, and then took the lead from Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. The two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo would give it his all to place his YZR-M1 on top of the podium, but Marquez showed no remorse.

This would be Marquez’s fifth-straight win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including three-straight in the MotoGP class, and the 50th of his young GP career. The two-time reigning MotoGP Champion retains a perfect record in America, winning every race he had ever competed in, including rounds in Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and Indy. This was Marquez’s first back-to-back finish in 2015 MotoGP after he dominated round nine at Sachsenring, and the sixth-straight time Honda won at Indy.

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Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo

Joining Marquez on the 2015 Indy MotoGP podium were Lorenzo and the nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

“The race went very well, but we were pretty much on the limit. The truth is that Jorge improved a lot during the race, and I didn’t think there would be so many laps in the 1’32s,” Marquez says.

“Even towards the end of the race we did a 1’32.6, which is very fast! We used the strategy of attacking at the end, when there were three laps remaining, and I think it was ideal for taking victory at this circuit. I’m also very proud to have taken Honda’s 700th victory! This is a very special moment for all the team and I dedicate it to all of Honda.”

Due to his third-place finish, Rossi was able to retain his points lead, which he has held since winning the opening round in Qatar. VR46  also kept his streak of season-long podium finishes.

Marquez started from pole – his third-straight at Indy and fifth of 2015 MotoGP – but had to settle in second behind the man who got to turn one first from a second-position start, Lorenzo. In line behind Lorenzo and Marquez at 2015 Indy MotoGP were Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedora, Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, Rossi, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, respectively. As for Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, he went off the track at turn four and rejoined the grid at the back of the pack.

Rossi wasted no time, and within two laps he passed Smith for fifth, and then Iannone for fourth. Rossi then set his sights on  Pedrosa as Lorenzo and Marquez pulled away from the grid. With 16 to go, Rossi and Marquez were the only riders running in the 1:32s, but Pedrosa would join the 1:32s a lap later. Rossi made his first successful pass on Pedrosa with 10 laps to go, and the two exchanged positions numerous times.

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Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Up front, not much changed as Marquez remained glued to Lorenzo’s tailpipe. Just after setting a new Circuit Record of 1:32.625 with only three laps to the checkered flag, Marquez passed Lorenzo . Though Lorenzo tried, he could not catch Marquez, and finished 0.688 of a second behind his fellow countryman. Rossi took the final podium position 5.966 seconds back, winning the duel with Pedrosa, who finished fourth, 6.147 seconds behind.

The remaining finishers were far behind these top four. Iannone once again took top Ducati honors, finishing 21.528 seconds behind Marquez. Smith earned sixth, nine seconds ahead of teamamte Pol Espargaro. Rounding out the top 10 were CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Octo Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

As for the sole American in all of MootoGP, Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden finished 16th, over a minute off the pace. Amazingly, the only rider to DNF was CWM LCR Honda’s Jack Miller, who crashed out with 20 laps remaining.

After 10 of 18 rounds, Rossi has 195 points – nine ahead of Lorenzo and 56 ahead of Marquez. Iannone is in fourth, 66 points behind. The 2015 MotoGP Championship now heads directly to Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, August 14-16.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2015 Indy MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 161.1 41’55.371
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 161.0 +0.688
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 160.7 +5.966
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 160.7 +6.147
5 11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 159.7 +21.528
6 10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 159.7 +21.751
7 9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 159.2 +30.378
8 8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 159.1 +31.607
9 7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 159.0 +32.821
10 6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 158.9 +34.517
11 5 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 158.6 +39.010
12 4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 158.5 +41.815
13 3 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 157.9 +50.209
14 2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 157.3 +1’00.465
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 157.1 +1’04.147
16 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 157.0 +1’05.066
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 156.9 +1’06.941
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 156.5 +1’13.862
19 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 156.2 +1’18.706
20 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 156.1 +1’19.730
21 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 156.1 +1’19.882
22 24 Toni ELIAS SPA AB Motoracing Honda 156.1 +1’19.934
Not Classified
43 Jack MILLER AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 156.8 20 Laps


2015 MotoGP Point Standings (after 10 of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 195
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 186
3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 139
4 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 129
5 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 97
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 94
7 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 80
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 74
9 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 73
10 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 62
11 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 57
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 46
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 36
14 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 33
15 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 20
16 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward FRA 14
17 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 13
18 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 12
19 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward GER 9
20 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 8
21 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 8
22 Eugene LAVERTY Honda IRL 7
23 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 5
24 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati FRA 2

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