2015 Indianapolis MotoGP Race Result: The Gap Narrows

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Marc Marquez claimed victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after an epic, race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo. It was Marquez’s fifth-straight MotoGP victory at Indy and his ninth-straight win on American soil. Jorge Lorenzo, who led all of the race but the final three laps, took second to close the championship gap to Valentino Rossi. 

Rossi, who took third after his own race-long battle with Dani Pedrosa (4th), now leads the championship by nine points after ceding four points to Yamaha teammate Lorenzo. Rossi has finished on the podium every race this year. Pedrosa, who held third for much of the race, finished 15 seconds in front of fifth-place Andrea Iannone. Bradley Smith held tight on Iannone's tail but was unable to pass and so took sixth. Another nine seconds back were Pol Espargaro (7th) and Cal Crutchlow (8th) who partially made up for a lousy start that left the Briton in 13th early on.

Andrea Dovizioso, who ran wide on the race's first lap and dropped to last place, charged through the pack to reclaim ninth just in front of Danilo Petrucci (10th).

Rain was predicted mid-race for the circuit, so each team was ready with a rain-tire bike staged in pit lane when the contest began.

Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the holeshot with Marquez right on his tail. With 26 laps to go, Lorenzo led Marquez and Pedrosa with Rossi making a charge from eighth on the grid to settle into fourth place. 

As Lorenzo and Marquez began opening a gap, Rossi began finding spped that had eluded him in qualifying and practice. He set a handful of the fastest laps of the race and closed the gap to Pedrosa with 16 laps remaining. With 12 laps to go Rossi, was locked on Pedrosa's tail and two laps later at Turn 2, he passed the Spaniard for third place. 

At the front, Marquez too closed the slight gap to Lorenzo. With eight laps remaining, a rain flag came out at Turn 8 but the sprinkling wasn't enough to slow the riders.

With four laps remaining, both Lorenzo and Marquez broke the lap record as Lorenzo tried to hold off the current world champion. But a lap later, Marquez passed Lorenzo for good and opened a slight gap. Pedrosa refused to be dropped by Rossi and twice repassed the Italian, the second coming at Turn 1 on the final lap. But Rossi immediately answered back at Turn 2 and held on for third place.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41'55.371
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 0.688
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 5.966
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 6.147
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 21.528
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 21.751
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 30.378
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 31.607
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 32.821
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 34.517
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 39.01
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 41.815
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 50.209
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki +1'00.465
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +1'04.147
16 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda +1'05.066
17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati +1'06.941
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia +1'13.862
19 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda +1'18.706
20 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia +1'19.730
21 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART +1'19.882
22 24 Toni ELIAS Honda +1'19.934
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  43 Jack MILLER Honda 20 Laps


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... but since Rossi was able to salvage yet another podium from arguably his worst circuit (and THE worst circuit) on the calendar, it doesn't bode all that well for his rivals.

you could say Lorenzo managed to push Marc until the end on tires he hates (Hard front, Hard rear, Harder edge grip) and for the remainder of the season Bridgestone is bringing tires with the softer edge grip he reeled of 3 three of his 4 wins with. That doesn't bode well for his rivals.

Early in the season they looked Dangerous - capital D dangerous - especially Dovizioso. Now, Iannone is top gun in the garage and Ducati, while not embarrassing, is not exactly killing it. Every single one of Marquez's and Rossi's race laps (with the exception of the start) were faster than Iannone's very best lap - Lorenzo had 1 lap slower and Pedrosa had only 3 laps slower. This is quite remarkable. Among the top 4, there were only 4 laps total slower (and only by thousandths) than Ducati's very best race lap!

Marquez put on a very mature display today - Lorenzo was "on" and pushing and Marquez never really got out of shape. Very impressive and bodes well for the racing in the 2nd half. It's too bad Pedrosa and Rossi couldn't bridge to Lorenzo and Marquez. Very impressive all the way around. It was interesting to see how Lorenzo was much more effective than Rossi at getting the bike to change direction today - I would have thought Rossi's stature would have helped muscle the bike, but that wasn't the case.

I just had a look at the 2015 race lap times vs 2014 and it makes for bitterly disappointing reading for a Duc fan like me.

Dovi's best lap last year (1'33.376) was actually better than Iannone's best lap this year (1'33.492). Iannone's best at least shows a slight improvement (0.14) whereas Dovi's best was actually 0.3 slower.

For reference Marquez' best was 0.2s quicker this year at 1'32.625.

If Duc had STARTED the season with this sort of deficit and then progressed to where they were at Qatar I'd be over the moon....but this downward spiral is a very bitter pill to swallow, especially after the recent testing. (insert sound of heavy sigh)

Personally, I enjoyed the race---very tactical riding by Marc not pushing until the very end---I was surprised Vale was able to catch and then pass Dani from quite a ways back---the fight between them was the best on the racetrack. Not a real classic battle like a couple we've had this year, but still a good solid race...

Track, and probably the second worst layout of the season behind COTA. I'm sure they are both great events but the U.S rounds have horrible circuits.

I'm very disappointed in the lack of competitiveness through the field. Ducati are nowhere again and Suzuki, well they both might as well be in another series. Very sad and unless something drastic happens next season is be surprised if the both of them are still in the series.

I actually believe that the qualifying format is contributing quite a lot to the relative lack of competitiveness through the field. They are all chasing single fast laps and the open class even have tires allocated to encourage this, trying for Q2, creating a mostly false grid. Where was Petrucci in the race? He was on the second row at the start! Dropped like a boulder! As did the rest within 2-3 laps. The factory Hondas and yamahas have those fuel computers well dialed in and catching up seems impossible for the others under this system. Let's hope Michelin spices things up.

Even Indianapolis gave us a good race. Can't say i'm not happy it's over though...

Marquez probably wished he'd been this calm and collected since the beginning of the season. He stalked lorenzo for the whole race then pounced at the right time and that was it. Great stuff.

Lorenzo's consistency is truly terrifying.

Rossi needs to sort out that qualifying issue damn it. I want my 8th championship!

Pedrosa always races the best when he has nothing to lose....sadly. Good display though.

It's always great to see how far Bradley Smith has come.

The Ducatis still have a long way to go...

Hurry up Brno!

like toni did ok for him self and keep it on 2 wheels

I'm new at commenting here, but have been reading for years. I'd love to know if I'm incorrect in believing that Lorenzo's tires took more of a hit while Marc was able to save his, at less than .250 distance behind JL for most of the race? It seems that in years past when, say, Dani and Lorenzo were that close at the front of the race for an extended period, that JL would have let his rival pass to catch his breath and give his tires a rest, only to pass him again (or at least fight for the win) in the closing laps. Clearly that strategy cannot work with MM93, because once he's in front, he flies away. Seems like whoever leads exhausts himself and his tires.

Please go to SBK. America needs someone to root for that's fighting for a championship and you can be that person. And once you've done that, win a mile dirt track race. Being the first rider to win a championship in MotoGp or Grand Prix and in World Superbike would be huge. Couple that with being a member of the Grand Slam Club and you would be co-King with Kenny Roberts! It could happen! Do it, Nicky!

If you are currently following WSBK, looking at what Johnny Rea is doing to the rest of the field now that he has a bike capable of winning, you would be hard pressed to find anyone that thinks Nicky is the one to dethrone him. Tom S., Lean and the rest of the Brits currently dominating that series are no joke either.

Consider too that Rea raced MotoGP for two races in 2012.

Misano: Hayden 7th, Rea 8th

Aragon: Rea 7th (Hayden retired)

If Rea can do that as a fill-in rider, what could he do in GP on a satellite or factory bike.

Guys like Rea have moved the game on. Hayden's played out his career.