Marc Marquez makes it a perfect 10 with Indianapolis Grand Prix victory
World champion Marc Marquez became the first man in 17 years to win 10 successive races as the Spaniard claimed victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday.
Honda rider Marquez, 21, finished ahead of Yamaha pair, Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Italian Valentino Rossi.
The last man to win 10 races in a row was Australian Mick Doohan in 1997.
Marquez also won this race in 2013 when he was making his maiden appearance in the elite class, having also triumphed at the Brickyard in Moto2 in 2011 and 2012.
Seven-time MotoGP world champion Rossi grabbed an early lead from the Spanish pole-sitter and stayed ahead of fellow Italian, Andrea Dovizioso and Marquez.
Marquez moved into second place with 21 laps to go, with Lorenzo third before the champion snatched the lead with 16 laps remaining.
Marquez crossed the line in 42 minutes, 7.041 seconds, followed by Lorenzo, who slipped past Rossi with 12 laps left.
“The start I got today was not so good,” said Marquez. “But then the track temperature was higher and that changed the feeling a little bit, especially with the front tyre.
“At the beginning I had some difficult moments, and then I said, ‘Okay, we will be quiet the first 10 laps behind Valentino.’
“And then when Jorge also attacked and tried to push in the front, I said ‘Okay, now is the time I overtake them and I start to push.’ Tenths by tenths I opened the gap, and those two seconds were enough in the end of the race for take the victory.”
Lorenzo was third last year and the winner in 2009.
“My pace was similar to [Marquez], but not enough to challenge him for the victory,” Lorenzo said.
World champion Marquez now has a perfect 250 points with Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was fourth on Sunday, in second spot on 161.
Rossi has 157 points while 2010 and 2012 champion Lorenzo is on 117 points ahead of the 11th round at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend where Marquez will attempt to become the first rider to win 11 races in a row in the same season.
Rossi, who was not pleased with the Indy track, reached the podium with a third-place finish.
“I am satisfied, because first of all, it is a good third place,” Rossi said. “I led the race, I battled with Marc and Jorge. That is always a great pleasure.
“Also this track is for me the worst or one of the worst. So to come back on the podium here after a season without a lot of good results is good.”