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.