Marc Marquez has continued his perfect start to the 2014 Moto GP season after winning the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Brickyard today.
The Spanish sensation has set the motorcycle racing world alight since making his premier class debut at the beginning of last season. He went on to become the youngest ever world champion at the age of 20, and the first rookie to win the title since Kenny Roberts back in 1978.
In 2014, the records have continued to tumble, with Marquez winning every single race so far this season for Honda. Today’s win at Indianapolis was by no means a walk in the park, though, as Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi did all they could to stop him from making it ten from ten. In the end, their efforts were futile.
Starting from pole, Marquez made a poor start to drop down to fourth at the end of the first lap. He soon set about making up for the lost positions, picking off Andrea Iannone to move up to third behind Rossi and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, with the latter then dropping back behind the Spaniard.
Lorenzo soon came into the mix, creating a thrilling three-way fight for the lead of the race. At first, Marquez appeared to be struggling, falling to third, only for him to then pass both Lorenzo and Rossi at one corner with a fine overtake.
Marquez then looked to open up a gap to the chasing Lorenzo, and ultimately took the checkered flag 1.8 seconds ahead of his compatriot after 27 laps. Rossi completed the podium ahead of Marquez’s Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa.
In his final Moto GP appearance on home soil, American rider Colin Edwards finished thirteenth. The Texas Tornado is set to retire from racing in the series at the end of the 2014 season.
With ten wins from ten and 250 points on the board, Marquez is set to win a second world title with relative ease. The more difficult challenge will be securing a perfect season by winning the next eight races.
Marquez will have the chance to make it eleven wins on the bounce at Brno in the Czech Republic, which will welcome Moto GP next weekend.