After a poor start from the pole position that saw him drop back to third, Marc Marquez worked his way back to the front and went on to win the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With 15 laps to go, Marquez got past Jorge Lorenzo to take the lead. He then pulled away to take the checkered flag by three and a half seconds over Repsol Honda teammate and 2012 Indy GP winner Dani Pedrosa, with Yamaha rider Lorenzo falling back to third on the next-to-last circuit around the 2.6-mile IMS road course. Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the Top 5.
“I didn’t make a good start, but I knew before the race that the end was the most important part,” Marquez told the MotoGP website after finishing off a weekend that saw him top every session – practice, qualifying, and race day.
“During the first ten laps I just tried to follow Dani and Jorge, and save the tires. Once the fuel had gone down a little, I went on the attack. Then I tried to push a bit more, I opened up a gap and I was able to enjoy sliding the bike. It was so good.”
Marquez not only secured his fourth MotoGP win of the year, but also completed a sweep of the American rounds in 2013 after earlier triumphs at Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.
He now leads the MotoGP title race by 21 points over Pedrosa heading into next weekend’s race in the Czech Republic.
The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.
“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”
Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.
He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.
The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.
“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.
“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”
Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.
A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.