2013 MotoGP: Marquez Dominates the Entire Indianapolis Weekend, Completes US Hat Trick
Having also triumphed at the CoTA in Texas and Laguna Seca in California, Marquez showed extreme determination and a consistent pace, as he dominated throughout the entire weekend, including the FP sessions, a performance last obtained by Casey Stoner in Australia last year.
Starting form pole position, Marquez still showed that launches are yet to be exercised. However, he passed the riders in front of him, Jorge Lorenzo and team mate Dani Pedrosa after 9 and 13 laps, respectively, and went ahead of the pack very fast, finishing the race with a 3.5 seconds lead.
He was followed by Pedrosa and Lorenzo, with Valentino Rossi squeezing past Alvaro Bautista first and then Cal Crutchlow to claim the third position of the podium. Go&FUN Gresini rider Bautista finished in 6th, a solid lead from his CRT rival Aleix Espargaro, 12th at Indianapolis.
The US round also saw fierce battle between Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso. The two riders clashed and ran off the track in the last lap, after literally jumping both bikes simultaneously over a curb in the final turn.
One race past the halfway mark in the world championship, Marquez leads the standings with 188 points, followed by Pedrosa with 167 and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo with 153. The top 5 is open for battle between Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow, separated by 3 point only.
MotoGP is Heading to next weekend’s bwin Grand Prix eské Republiky at Brno. The Czech Republis, that is: pretty girls and awesome beer.
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