Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain lifts the trophy on the podium after his win at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in Indianapolis, yesterday.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: Marc Marquez’s amazing MotoGP rookie run continued yesterday with victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Honda rider’s fourth win of his debut season.
The 20-year-old Spaniard took over the lead on lap 13, diving under Jorge Lorenzo on turn two.
Marquez led the rest of the way, finishing the 27-lap race in 44minutes, 52.463seconds.
His countryman and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was second, 3.495 back.
Yamaha rider Lorenzo, the reigning world champion, was third, 5.704sec behind the winner.
Marquez began his first MotoGP campaign last April with a third-place finish in the season-opener at Losail International Circuit, in Qatar in April.
At the Circuit of the Americans race in Austin, Texas, later that month, he became the youngest rider in series history to win a pole and a race.
He failed to reach the podium only once this year, after a crash at a race in Mugello in June.
With his win yesterday he completed a sweep of the season’s three US races. He also won at Laguna Seca last month.
“I didn’t make such a good start,” said Marquez, who was notching his third straight win and fourth of the season. He also won in Germany.
The in-form Spanish rider added after the race: “But I knew before the race that the most important part was toward the end of the race. I just tried to follow Dani and Jorge. Then I tried to attack. Now we go back to Europe, and we would like to continue.” AFP