Two-time world champion Marc Marquez stormed to his third victory of the 2015 MotoGP season at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday following a race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo.
Starting from pole position, Marquez made a poor start to drop behind Lorenzo, and was unable to fight his way back past.
The Honda rider remained within just a few tenths of the leader, though, as the two riders pulled away from the chasing pack.
With rain approaching Indianapolis towards the closing stages of the race, the teams began to prepare wet-weather bikes for their riders if conditions worsened.However, the race remained dry, allowing Marquez and Lorenzo to continue to scrap in the closing stages.
Marquez made his move for the lead with three laps to go, diving down the inside at the first corner at the banking of turn one.
Covering off the undercut from Lorenzo, he then managed to push on and hold his compatriot back before crossing the line to score his fifth straight win at the Brickyard.
Despite qualifying down in eighth place, championship leader Valentino Rossi managed to bounce back to finish the race in third, limiting the damage of Marquez and Lorenzo’s points haul at the front. Rossi leads the championship by nine points from Lorenzo now.
Dani Pedrosa was unable to keep Rossi back for the final podium position, finishing the race in fourth place. Andrea Iannone finished fifth ahead of Bradley Smith, who led home Pol Espargaro in P7.
Cal Crutchlow crossed the line in eighth ahead of former Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten.
Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.
Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.
He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.
“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”
Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.
In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”
Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.
Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.