2014 Indianapolis MotoGP Race Result: A Doohan Redux

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Marc Marquez won his record-tying 10th race in a row Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jorge Lorenzo took the mid-race battle with Valentino Rossi to earn second. Rossi, who led the race early on, held on to third, more than four seconds behind the winner. Dani Pedrosa made up for third-row qualifying to grab fourth and Pol Espargaro completed a strong weekend with a fifth place after a late-race pass of Andrea Dovizioso. Bradley Smith, after a brutal high side during the previous day's qualifying, seized sixth -- also after a late pass of Dovizioso (7th).

Cal Crutchlow put his Ducati into eighth, his best showing on the Italian bike since the first race of the season. Scott Redding took ninth with Hiroshi Aoyama completing the top 10.

Under a cloudy sky but dry track, eight riders either crashed out or retired during the race, leaving every finisher in the points including a soon-to-retire American Colin Edwards II who finished 13th in his final MotoGP race in America.

The race began with Andrea Dovizioso leading into the first corner but surrendering that lead at Turn 2 to a hard-charging Rossi who had a blistering start from the second row. Dovizioso repassed Rossi two laps later.

Then the fun began.

Rossi repassed Dovizioso bumping him and sending both wide. Marquez and Lorenzo slipped through to grab first and second. Rossi repassed Lorenzo and settled in behind Marquez. Marquez ran wide and Rossi repassed him. With 21 laps to go, the top five in order were Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Iannone.

Initally, Rossi opened up a half-second gap. But five laps later, Marquez retook the lead. Lorenzo quickly closed the distance to Rossi and passed him with 12 laps to go. By this point, Marquez had opened a 1.2-second gap to second -- a distance he maintained the rest of the contest. Lorenzo opened a similar size gap to Rossi -- an order that didn't change for the rest of the race.

Marquez's 10th consecutive win marks the first time a rider has won 10 in a row since Austrailian Mick Doohan accomplished the feat in 1997 -- also as Repsol Honda rider.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 42'07.041
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1.803
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 6.558
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 10.016
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 17.807
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 19.604
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 20.759
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 39.796
9 45 Scott REDDING Honda 40.507
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 55.76
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda +1'05.130
12 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia +1'05.346
13 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha +1'08.919
14 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'09.203
15 23 Broc PARKES PBM +1'30.613
Not Classified
  2 Leon CAMIER Honda 8 Laps
  29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 13 Laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 15 Laps
  6 Stefan BRADL Honda 15 Laps
  9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 21 Laps
  8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 0 Lap
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 0 Lap


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I suppose the joke coverage from Fox matches the joke competitive nature of MotoGP 2014. The Indy race had all the tension of a cake baking contest as MM93 unsurprisingly notched up win #10. Viewers had to endure Ralph Sheheen's hysterical screaming commentary, a power outage that blacked out most of the last eight laps along with endless advertisements about Fox's future coverage of NFL, soccer, ufc, horse-racing and a sports car race. At least the outage silenced Sheheen’s imbecilic contribution.
Fox have now returned to the favorite ‘sport’ of their base demographic - a Monster Truck Jam - and I'll go out on a limb and predict this crucial event won’t be cursed with a power outage.

a) you've clearly never watched The Great British Bake Off, and b) you also apparently didn't watch this race. Technical problems aside (which affected all coverage, my BTSport viewing was restricted to on-boards and helicopter shots) and adverts (watch a better channel), the tension was almost unbearable for 80% of the race. Proper, hard racing from the front four ending up with the biggest-luckiest-racer-since-Rossi winning, and taking another world record. How is that not incredible? I suppose the two-strokes should make a return, eh? Sheesh.

Yeah, I don't miss the Fox coverage. The MotoGp video pass is well worth it. I get to watch all three races with no interruptions (the MotoGp race didn't seem to suffer any power outage that I saw or heard). Not only do I not miss football players, stock cars, and monster trucks driving across the bottom of the screen during a race, I feel truly lucky to not have to listen to Ralph Shaheen.

He must have something juicy on some TV execs because he's always been awful, and never improved. Thankfully I never have to hear him ruin racing ever again, unless he manages to get something juicy on Dorna executives ;)

I'm sure Honda is not happy with this result. The message to US consumer was quite clear, unless your name is Marquez get a Yamaha.

The only entity that should really not be happy by Marquez's winning streak is Dorna and good for reason...with the premier class all but locked up you can bet this will have affect on attendance.

Lots of negativity here, unwarranted in my opinion. We saw a great race with good hard overtaking (although Rossi's bump into Dovi was a bit much) and decent performances throughout the field. Lorenzo was just a tenth a lap or so short, but I think the race was decided when Lorenzo was busy passing Rossi, right at that moment Marquez put in a 32.8 and opened to the gap by half a second.

I think I'm gonna bet for Lorenzo to win at Brno. He's looking like his old self again.

I was a big fan of Rossi. I followed his career since he entered 125cc.
Then times changed, he got nasty towards Gibernau. I tried to ignore that.
And then came the straw that broke the camels back. Rossi could not pass Stoner fair and square at Laguna Seca, he forced Stoner off the track to slow him down to gain unfair advantage.
Rossi is a moron in my books since then.

Talking about coverage: the motogp.com livestream managed not to show a single shot of Colin Edwards in his last home GP. And he was riding a pretty decent race as well, being in the points from early on. I Would have loved to see him ride in those leathers too!
Yes, in the opening laps there was a good excuse to stay focused at the front group, but especially in the latter stages there was plenty of opportunity to show some footage of the group Edwards was fighting in. Instead they chose to show us endless slomos of Marquez and other uneventful stuff. Shame on them.

P.S. Apart from that, great race to watch! Some of the more exuberant youngsters (Rossi) were pretty on the limit. Brilliant.

Overall a good race. At the start both Rossi and Dov clogged up the pipe holding the rest of the field back. After they were passed the pace picked up by the really fast two riders. If memory serves, Stoner on the Honda used to take it easy at the start of the races and after the fuel burned off some would get in the groove and start racing. That seems to me to be a trait of the Honda. Full tank.....cautious racing. Lighter tank....head 'em up and move 'em out.

Pedrosa needs to shape up and he will, although I'm not a real big fan of him. LIke they say 'best rider to never win a championship'.

Rossi won't pass Pedrosa in the standings by the end of the year. No way. He's toooo slow. When he gets in the lead he can't build on the lead. After he gets passed and loses the tow.........falls back faster and faster. He'll be lucky to hold on to third place by the end of the year.. Some riders like Smith placed much higher than they should have and only due to other riders falling out of the race

Ducatis .........still around twenty seconds behind at the end of the race. Dovi got on the front row by getting a tow from Marquez during qualifying. Ah, remember the old days a couple of years ago where Hector Barbara was soundly chastized for looking for a tow during qualifying? Now they all seem to be looking for a tow, other than Marquez.

The race was good, the track is immensely improved, Rossi was aggressive, Dovi's first half of the race was pretty good (for a Ducati), Lorenzo seems on a recovery path, Marquez didn't just rode into the sunset, I think it was a decent gathering.

Really a shame we didn't get to see more of that battle. Sounds like it was close for most of the race. I have a feeling that the Duc's power advantage on the straights was the factor that decided that exchange. Even if Crutchlow didn't get the new juiced-up engine (I never heard if they confirmed who all got the new engine) he posted one of the fastest top speeds of the day. We have next year to look forward to with these two men on similar machinery. Even if Gresini stays with the Nissin/Showa package for Redding I will be pulling for him to beat Cal every Sunday. Amazing that he is getting so much out of that proddie bike.