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Moto GP 2015 Round 10 Indy ***SPOILER***

Going on vaca soon so wanted to get the next 2 rounds up before I leave for 2 weeks. Teams still on a well deserved vaca :) Marc will look to pick up where he left off, so the second half should be a good one!!! Congrats to Team Yamaha and Bradders/Pol for taking the Win at the 8hr well done boys!!

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The first motorsport race which took place at Indy was a motorcycle one on August 14th 1909, on the 2.5 mile oval circuit, and despite its 100-year history it was not until 2008 that MotoGP arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
To celebrate the event an intense modification of the layout was undertaken, but without affecting the legendary oval. The layout of the track, which is 4.170km in length and has 16 turns, incorporates the main straight of the famous oval circuit including the Brickyard and an area between turns 1 and 2 of the oval, before meandering through the vast interior of the IMS.

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Current Points
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 179
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 166
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati 118
4 Marc Marquez Honda 114
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 87
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 87
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 67
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda 66
9 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 64
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 57
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 51
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 44
13 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 32
14 Scott Redding Honda 30
15 Hector Barbera Ducati 19
16 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 14
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilla 13
18 Jack Miller Honda 12
19 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 9
20 Michele Pirro Ducati 8
21 Nicky Hayden Honda 8
22 Eugene Laverty Honda 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5
24 Mike di Meglio Ducati 2
25 Alex de Angelis ART 1

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MM, JL, VR



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Indianapolis MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads Marc Marquez in practice
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Jorge Lorenzo topped the first MotoGP free practice session at Indianapolis on Friday, edging out Marc Marquez.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo set the pace for the majority of the session after posting the fastest time early on and then became the first rider of the session to go under 1m34s shortly after that.

He was briefly deposed by Marquez's Honda in the closing stages before retaking top spot by 0.093 seconds with little more than a minute remaining.

Marquez, who spent the first half of practice outside of the top 10, moved towards the sharp end with a sequence of quick laps shortly after the halfway mark.

The reigning world champion was able to regularly outpace Lorenzo through the first three sectors of the lap, but on three consecutive attempts he fell back through the short final sector.

Marquez then returned to the track with around five minutes remaining, and despite still losing a tenth to Lorenzo in the final few corners he had built up enough of a gap earlier in the lap to still set the fastest time.

Before that run for Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso used a soft rear tyre on his Ducati to match Lorenzo's benchmark to three decimal places.

In the end the Italian had to settle for third as the two Spaniards improved, but he remained clear of Dani Pedrosa and championship leader Valentino Rossi, who completed the top five.

The second Ducati of Andrea Iannone was next up ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who went straight on at the first corner in the middle of the session and took to the famous Indianapolis banking before rejoining the track.

The only other incident of note came very early on when Alex de Angelis suffered a low-speed fall in the Turn 4 left-hander, before getting back on the bike and rejoining a few seconds later.

At the bottom of the order, new Aprilia signing Stefan Bradl headed MotoGP returnee Toni Elias, who ended the session nearly five seconds off the pace in 23rd.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.654s
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.093s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.217s
4 Daniel Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.396s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.720s
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.726s
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.807s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1.015s
9 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1.140s
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.243s
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.271s
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1.312s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.368s
14 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.412s
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.477s
16 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1.477s
17 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1.595s
18 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1.686s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1.949s
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2.282s
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2.762s
22 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.790s
23 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 4.858s

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Jorge Lorenzo edged Marc Marquez by three thousandths of a second to top the second MotoGP free practice session at Indianapolis.
The two Spaniards were tied at the top of the timesheets on a 1m32.863s when the chequered flag came out to conclude the session, with Marquez ahead in the order due to setting the time first.

However, Lorenzo was on another lap as the clock ticked to zero, and he managed to improve by 0.003s to take first position away from the reigning world champion.

Andrea Dovizioso, who went fastest three minutes from the end, was third quickest and nearly three tenths back on the lead Ducati, just ahead of his team-mate Andrea Iannone.

Cal Crutchlow completed the top five, while Pol Espargaro set the sixth quickest time before being thrown from his Tech 3 Yamaha after suffering a high-side at Turn 14 late on.

Espargaro laid in the gravel for a few moments after the crash, having rolled over the top of his handlebars before hitting the deck, but he was able to walk behind the barriers unaided a few minutes later.

At the bottom of the top 10, championship leader Valentino Rossi ended a quiet session six tenths adrift of his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo.

Rossi only appeared in the top 10 with two minutes remaining when he climbed from 14th to ninth, and he was shuffled back a place as several drivers improved at the end.

FP2 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.860s
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.003s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.295s
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.306s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.326s
6 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 0.502s
7 Daniel Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.517s
8 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 0.583s
9 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.614s
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.672s
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 0.903s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.074s
13 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1.113s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.223s
15 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1.279s
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1.537s
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1.599s
18 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1.871s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2.063s
20 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.075s
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2.325s
22 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2.424s
23 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 3.476s
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Marc Marquez topped MotoGP's third free practice session at Indianapolis, comfortably outpacing the factory Yamaha riders he is chasing in the championship.

The reigning world champion went fastest with his first flying lap of the session early on, and with seven minutes remaining he extended his advantage over the field to four tenths of a second.

At that point, Friday pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo was second fastest on his factory Yamaha, but by the end of the session he had been pushed down to fifth by Bradley Smith, Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa.

Lorenzo's session was much more convincing than his team-mate Valentino Rossi's though, as the championship leader spent much of the session outside of the top 10 cut-off to automatically pass through to Q2 later today.

Rossi used a medium rear tyre to briefly get as high as fourth, but he was shuffled back to ninth.

While Rossi eventually made the Q2 cut, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was a high-profile casualty as he failed to improve on his best time from Friday and dropped to 11th in the combined classification.

Both Ducatis appeared to be in trouble in the closing stages, with Iannone's first lap of his final run only good enough for 10th (and knocking Dovizioso out of a Q2 berth), but Iannone found more time on his next effort to move up to third as the flag came out.

Yamaha-contracted Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro suffered his second crash of the weekend in the closing minutes, falling on the approach to Turn 2 shortly after setting a time good enough for eighth by the time FP3 concluded.

FP3 TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m32.392s
2 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.421s
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m32.718s
4 Daniel Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m32.759s
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.819s
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m32.851s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.914s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.945s
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.981s
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.998s
11 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m33.290s
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m33.293s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m33.300s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m33.503s
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m33.570s
16 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m34.021s
17 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m34.036s
18 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m34.053s
19 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m34.332s
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m34.348s
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m34.608s
22 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m35.188s
23 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 1m36.412s
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Courtesy of (MotoGP Indianapolis: Marc Marquez claims pole position in Honda 1-2 - MotoGP news - AUTOSPORT.com)

Marc Marquez led a Honda one-two in MotoGP qualifying to take pole position for this weekend's race at Indianapolis.

The reigning world champion set his best time of 1m31.884s on his first flying lap of the session, which at the time put him three tenths clear of factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

While Pedrosa improved with four minutes to go in the pole-deciding Q2 segment, he could only reduce his deficit to Marquez.

Jorge Lorenzo salvaged Yamaha's day by climbing onto the front row with his final lap of qualifying, jumping from seventh to third as the chequered flag came out.

His team-mate, championship leader Valentino Rossi, continued to struggle on the Indianapolis road course, ending the session eighth having briefly been as high as third a few minutes before the end.

Lorenzo's lap knocked Cal Crutchlow off the front row on his LCR Honda, while Danilo Petrucci, who was fastest in Q1, landed fifth place after spending a lap tucked up behind the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

That made Petrucci the leading Ducati in qualifying, with Andrea Iannone the first of the Italian manufacturer's factory bikes in seventh, and Dovizioso, who joined Petrucci in progressing from Q1 to the main session, only 10th.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:






Pos Rider Team Bike Time
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m31.884s
2 Daniel Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m32.055s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.186s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m32.208s
5 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m32.243s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.269s
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m32.468s
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.511s
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.571s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m32.636s
11 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.670s
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.814s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m33.170s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m33.199s
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m33.278s
16 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m33.381s
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m33.822s
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m33.839s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m33.978s
20 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m34.030s
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m34.226s
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m34.322s
23 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 1m35.167s
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Marquez, Pedrosa play down team orders

"We are not in the situation to do this, because I think Dani also can win many races" - Marc Marquez.

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have played down the chances of team orders being used to help Marquez hunt down the MotoGP championship leaders.

Marquez is a distant 65 points from Valentino Rossi and 52 from the other factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo after early-season handling woes with the 2015 Honda.

But the reigning double champion has been back in control of his RCV since switching to last year's chassis at Assen, only losing out on victory at the final corner before winning next time in Germany.

The Honda momentum has continued at Indianapolis, where Marquez and Pedrosa will start first and second on the grid, with Lorenzo third and Rossi back in eighth.

Clearly the more riders Marquez can put between himself and the Yamahas, the greater his chances of pulling off an incredible championship comeback. But that doesn't automatically mean Pedrosa's form is good news for him.

“Dani is in a good performance, but that also means he can beat me!” Marquez said. “At the moment we are first and second here, also in Germany. Sure will arrive some racetracks where we will struggle a little bit more.

“But I'm happy for the team because honestly we were struggling in the first races and now I come back, Dani come back, so it looks like everything is coming better. But yeah, sometimes maybe we can put him in the middle, but sometimes also he can beat me.”

That would not be an issue if Pedrosa, who missed three races due to arm-pump surgery and is an impossible 112 points from Rossi, was instructed by Honda not to beat Marquez.

Would Marquez like to have such assistance?

“No, because we are not in the situation of this and you know already in 2013 we did our race in Valencia [the Marquez vs Lorenzo title showdown] and we are not in the situation to do this, because I think Dani also can win many races from here to the end of the season,” Marquez replied. “Just we must concentrate on our work and try to be the best of the weekend. It's logical and normal that everyone is doing their own job.”

Asked if helping Marquez reduce the championship gap or winning Sunday's race was his priority, Pedrosa replied:

“I think you know the answer! Of course I would like to win the race because it's been hard at the beginning this year, but I know I'm coming [back] little by little. Obviously being in the front is better for the team. I just have to focus on doing my race the best I can and if this means I can stay in the front, for a win or a podium, it's always positive.”

Commenting on the title fight, Pedrosa did admit his return to form could spice things up for the Yamahas.

“Jorge had a very good rhythm in four different tracks and he was able to win four races. So he recovered many points. Then Valentino won and took some points,” Pedrosa said. “It's very difficult to say how it's going to be, but at least it's very interesting to see this fight and also now we are getting closer and faster and can stay more in-between [the Yamahas]. This can make things even more interesting.”

The Repsol Honda pair also reflected on the handling problems with this year's RC213V. Marquez confirmed that despite his decision to move back to the 2014 frame, he still believes the 2015 engine - which cannot be modified due to the development freeze rules - is the root of the bad braking 'character'.

“We are using the 2014 chassis, exhaust and quite a lot of things. But the swingarm is 2015 that I think is better, but the thing is that the engine is 2015 and I think the character [braking problem] is coming from there,” he said. “We've improved but still we must work because I think the character is there, but we are coming closer and closer.”

“At the beginning of the season we had many bike problems,” added Pedrosa, who uses a different 2015 frame. “Now we know where the problems come from, so we are adjusting a little bit the bike to make it a little more easy to ride and stable. But still like Marc says the character is there so we have to handle a little bit, but obviously we are a little stronger than before and this is positive.”

Marquez has won all six of his previous MotoGP races in America and hasn't been beaten at the Indianapolis circuit since 2010, when he was competing in the 125cc class.

The #93 sat a daunting 0.6s clear of Friday leader Lorenzo during final practice, the session dedicated to race preparation, but doesn't expect such an advantage in the race.

"Maybe the six tenths aren't completely 'real' and there is actually only one or two tenths difference, but the positive thing is that we managed to turn around the gap that we had to Jorge yesterday,” he said. “There is still the warm-up tomorrow and I think everybody is improving, as the track condition is changing and we have to continue to adapt to it. Right now Jorge is the toughest rival and we must be vigilant.

“Tyre degradation will be the key to the race because I think everyone will be struggling for rear grip in the last laps.

“Since Holland I've got again last year's feeling. In the first part of the season I wasn't able to be constant with the lap pace. Maybe for one lap the speed was the same [with the 2015 or 2014 chassis], but to be constant in the race is much better.”

Rossi and Lorenzo have both made clear that Marquez is not out of title contention. "Marc is at the moment far, but it depends on the results in the next races. If he starts winning he can get very close," said Lorenzo on Saturday.

Marquez has won two of the nine races so far this year. Pedrosa is without a victory since Brno 2014, when Marquez's perfect run of ten straight wins came to an end.



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‘This is a big problem’ - Rossi talks eighth place start

“I hit traffic, made mistakes and I have to start from the third row” – Valentino Rossi.

MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi was left an equal season-worst eighth on the grid for Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Italian was 0.627s slower than Honda pole holder Marc Marquez, while Movistar Yamaha team-mate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo claimed third on the grid.

“Yesterday I was very slow and a bit worried, and we didn't start with a good base setting. Today the situation has improved, especially my pace is not so bad,” Rossi said.

“In FP4 I was in fourth position and I raised my level and my potential a lot and also the life of the tyre is longer, but unfortunately in qualifying I wasn't strong enough to start from the second row.

“I hit traffic, made mistakes and I have to start from the third row. This is a big problem because I'm not very fast here and we still have some problems with the bike that we have to improve, we have to make a step for tomorrow.

“I think fighting for the podium tomorrow will be hard, because Marc and Jorge are very strong, but at this track like at Sachsenring also Dani is very fast, so it will be difficult.”

Rossi had been fourth fastest - behind Marquez, Lorenzo and Pedrosa - during final practice, the session dedicated to race pace.

Rossi starts Sunday's race 13 points ahead of Lorenzo and 65 points clear of Marquez.



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Lorenzo: It was a dangerous moment

"It was a dangerous moment and I had a lot of pressure to make the last lap in the best way possible" - Jorge Lorenzo.

As the chequered flag waved in qualifying, Jorge Lorenzo was staring at an eighth place start in Sunday's Indianapolis MotoGP.

But Lorenzo made his last lap count and vaulted onto the front row in third, behind the Repsol Honda's of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, while team-mate and title rival Valentino Rossi was left to inherit the unwelcome eighth place.

“I was in eighth place, so it was a dangerous moment and I had a lot of pressure to make the last lap in the best way possible. As precise and as perfect as I could,” Lorenzo said. “I did, so I was proud of it and it saved me a big moment, because to start in the third or fourth row is always a big problem at the beginning of the race.”

The Spaniard had been fastest from Marquez in both Friday sessions and admitted he expected to make more progress.

“Being honest I expected to improve a little e bit more the bike than I did today. We tried many settings and we couldn't improve really the setting of yesterday was really good,” he said “Tomorrow in the warm-up we have the last chance to improve the bike.

“But anyway I think that - maybe not with the softer tyre, where the Honda riders seem more explosive - but with the hard tyre I have a really constant pace and especially after 10 or 15 laps I could be even stronger. This is a good thing for tomorrow. So let's try to improve one or two tenths in the warm-up.

“My strategy is to fight for the win. If it's not possible, obviously Valentino is first in the championship so for the moment he don't have one of the best pace but he is always competitive in the race, so for sure it will be difficult to stay in front of him. But if we can improve the bike a bit and I can keep the pace I had this morning I can fight to follow Marc.”

Lorenzo, beaten by Rossi at the last two rounds, is currently 13 points behind the Italian.



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Marquez heads Honda qualifying one-two

Marc Marquez takes pole position for the Indianapolis MotoGP.

Marc Marquez will start his quest for a fifth straight Indianapolis victory from pole position.

The Repsol Honda star dominated the 15-minute Q2 shootout, his pole time of 1m 31.88s coming on only his second lap, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa later slotting into second place (+0.171s).

Friday leader Jorge Lorenzo has looked the only rider capable of challenging Marquez for race pace this weekend, but the Movistar Yamaha rider was down in eighth as the chequered flag waved in qualifying.

Fortunately for the Spaniard he made his last lap count, clinching the final front row place in third (0.302s), having joined Pedrosa in opting for a three-run strategy.

Filling Sunday's second row will be top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), plus Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) - the trio separated by less than a tenth of a second.

World championship leader Valentino Rossi couldn't emulate team-mate Lorenzo's late charge, instead dropping to eighth after Ducati's Andrea Iannone gained ground on his final lap.

After an early pit stop, Rossi had been third at the end of his opening qualifying run, but didn't improve thereafter. Rossi starts Sunday's race with a 13-point lead over Lorenzo and 65-point advantage over Marquez.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales will start alongside Rossi on the end of row three, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Pol Espargaro (Tech 3) and Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) forming row four.

Petrucci and Dovizioso reached Q2 via the Qualifying 1 session. Petrucci used a tow from the #4 to briefly hold fourth on the grid with one-minute of Qualifying 2 to go.



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MM93 and JL99 both went down during the morning warm-up. MM entered turn 1 a bit hot, and washed out the front while braking, resulting in a fast but minor lowside. JL's could have been worse, as it was the rear that lost grip, resulting in the start of a classic bucking bike, but JL managed to lowside, minimizing personal damage. Both riders are perfectly fine.
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Moto3 was definitely a Charlie Foxtrot. Luckily, the rain didn't have such a heavy effect on the standings. I think the only real mover in the Championship was Fenati. Everybody safely made it through the day, and Kent still has a huge lead.
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Great race. Pedrosa and VR were 3/4/3/4/3 all day long.
MM93 could have taken JL99 at pretty much any point, it seemed to me. Could it be that somebody taught MM93 patience during the break? :-)
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MM93 could have taken JL99 at pretty much any point, it seemed to me. Could it be that somebody taught MM93 patience during the break? :-)
I don't think so, JL was turning faster lap times than he had all weekend. I do think MM has learned patience. It beats crashing.
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That was a good race. Lorenzo has been riding great lately, really putting pressure on Vale for the championship lead. Hope Vale can continue his podium streak and land more wins. Lot of it also depends on where the Honda guys finish as well.

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That was a good race. Lorenzo has been riding great lately, really putting pressure on Vale for the championship lead. Hope Vale can continue his podium streak and land more wins. Lot of it also depends on where the Honda guys finish as well.

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Moto2 today was the best race of the season, and one of the best overall races I've seen in some time. I feel bad for Aegerter - he led a good bit of the race, and the second time Zarco touched him, it was enough to take him out of podium contention. I don't know what Rabat has done to Morbidelli, but Tito needs to work something out. Morbidelli took him out last race, and nearly took him out today, too.

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I don't think so, JL was turning faster lap times than he had all weekend. I do think MM has learned patience. It beats crashing.
Uhh, not exactly. JL topped FP1 and FP2, but after that MM topped FP3, FP4, and of course Q2.

This is of course assuming that you are comparing JL and MM. Your wording can be understood in two different ways really.

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Marquez: 'Still we believe…'
“We are closer. Still we believe, but we must be honest. It will be really difficult”- Marc Marquez.

Reigning MotoGP champion and Indianapolis winner Marc Marquez kept his hopes of a shock title comeback alive by clawing nine points from Valentino Rossi on Sunday.

Both Marquez and Valentino Rossi have won three races this season, with Marquez claiming 70 out of a possible 75 points since switching back to the 2014 Honda chassis at Assen.

The problem for the Spaniard is that his three earlier race accidents mean he remains 56 points from Rossi and 46 from the other Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.

“For me the target is to win the races. Of course it's not in my hands the other podium results, like Jorge second and Valentino third,” Marquez said of his title chances. “But okay we were 65 [points behind], now we are 56. We are closer. Still we believe, but we must be honest. It will be really difficult.”

Eight rounds and a possible 200 points remain, starting at Brno next weekend.

“My target is to enjoy riding the bike, win races and here we were able to win. Now we will arrive in Brno and there we will see. If we struggle during the weekend and are not able to win the race or fight for the victory we will try to finish on the podium.

“We know that both Yamaha riders have a really good pace and if we want to beat them every race, or try to be ready to fight with the, we must work a lot, especially at some circuits.

“Will be difficult because both Yamaha riders are really strong, Today I followed Jorge for a lot of laps, in Assen Valentino, and I saw that they have a really good potential. Especially on corner-exit acceleration. But anyway we are working on this area to try to improve.”

Marquez raised his perfect run of American MotoGP victories to seven after following race leader Lorenzo for 24 of the 27 laps, then launching his victory move into turn one.

“Honestly I expected another race because during practice I was able to ride '32s high, but it looked like Jorge was more '33s low and in the race he improved a lot,” Marquez revealed.

“I saw with 15 laps to go Jorge was strong and I was not able to go in front and open a gap. So I decided to say behind him and attack at the end. We did like that. I pushed a lot in the last laps and we must be happy because we won the race.”

Rossi finished in third place after narrowly beating Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

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Mixed feelings for runner-up Lorenzo

“It was a little bit difficult to fight against my mind and start the race with full confidence” - Jorge Lorenzo.


Jorge Lorenzo overcame doubts generated by his first MotoGP crash of the season to lead 24 of the 27 race laps at Indianapolis on Sunday.

The Movistar Yamaha rider had been kicked from his M1 when the rear stepped out during morning warm-up.

“In the warm-up I had the first crash of the season. I think because I got a defective tyre, in my opinion, and it was not grippy enough. I opened [the throttle] the same and suddenly the bike pulled me away,” Lorenzo declared.

“So it was a little bit difficult to fight against my mind to recover the confidence and start the race with full confidence. But I did it and made the best start of the weekend.”

The Spaniard shot past the Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to lead into turn one, where he remained for much of the race.

“Even going faster than in practice our pace was not enough to win from Marc and his Honda, who were very strong all weekend," Lorenzo said.

“I pushed a lot in every corner and I probably lost more energy than Marc, who was following me. When he attacked I really didn't have enough energy and I wasn't fresh enough to make an attack on him.”

Marquez made his move with three laps to go and went on to win by 0.6s. It deprived Lorenzo not only of a fifth victory of the season, but a crucial five championship points.

For much of the race Lorenzo was poised to cut team-mate and title leader Valentino Rossi's championship advantage from 13 points to one. But Marquez's late pass - combined with Rossi snatching third from Pedrosa - meant Lorenzo only gained four points on the Italian.

“It could have been worse and it could have been better," Lorenzo said. "We were really close to recover more points, probably twelve if we could have won the race and Valentino finished in fourth. But finally he overtook Dani and I lost the position with Marc and we could just recover four point.

“But anyway much better at this moment to be nine points behind than 13. So I can be happy. For sure in the future we will arrive at tracks where we can be more competitive and then we'll have to take profit and win races.”

And is next weekend's Brno round one of those tracks?

“In MotoGP you never know what can happen until you get there and do a couple of practices. In theory Brno could be better than Indianapolis, but we have to feel and see what happens.”



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Rossi: 'We knew we had to suffer'

"I knew that these three points were a lot more important for me than him" - Valentino Rossi.

For much of the Indianapolis MotoGP race, Valentino Rossi was set to lose almost all of his world championship lead.

While Yamaha team-mate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo led the way, Rossi was back in fourth, meaning 12 of his 13-point advantage would disappear.

But the Italian put in a charge to catch and eventually pass Dani Pedrosa, while the other Repsol Honda of Marc Marquez overtook Lorenzo with 3 laps to go.

Lorenzo was unable to respond to Marquez, but Pedrosa was quick to retaliate against Rossi and The Doctor only secured the podium place by re-passing the RCV rider on the final lap.

That gave a somewhat relieved Rossi a nine-point lead over Lorenzo, with eight rounds to go.

“For a lot laps Jorge was in front of Marc and I was behind Dani so I could lose more points than this, but looking from practice already fourth was not so bad!” said Rossi, who had qualified just eighth on the grid.

“But I felt good. We improved the setting this morning and I knew I can have a good pace. I saw that Dani tried to go with Marc and Jorge but he had some points on the track where he wasn't strong enough.

“I knew that these three points [for third] were a lot more important for me than him. I gave the maximum and caught him but after it was difficult, also physically, but I had pushed the tyres a lot and when I arrive with Dani I was in a bit in trouble.

“I tried two or three times to get away, but always Dani came back. The last time I try it was impossible and it was the last lap. Fortunately I had two or three points on the track where I could attack him.

“It was a hard battle. I enjoy. It is another podium. This is so important because was a difficult weekend where Jorge and Marc are always stronger than me. So losing just nine [Marquez] and four points [Lorenzo] is not so bad.”

Honda riders have now won at Indianapolis for the last six years, meaning Marquez's success was hardly a surprise, but Rossi knows he shouldn't be starting so far back. Indianapolis was the fourth time this season he has qualified in eighth place.

“We know that here in Indianapolis we have to suffer, but we hope to suffer less, especially in practice. Because if I am able to start in the second row everything is more easy. So we have to work because this is my weak point.”

Rossi hadn't been able to get within half-a-second of the top lap time throughout practice and qualifying, but jumped to within 0.222s of Marquez's new lap record in the race.

“We started from too far [back] on Friday," confirmed Rossi, who had been tenth after day one. "Because afterwards on Saturday we were able to find a good balance and this morning we made another step.

“Sincerely my bike in the race was good. I was able to do a lot of laps in '32.8s, which is a pace which was impossible during the practice.”

Rossi will be back on track in just five days time for opening practice at Brno in the Czech Republic.



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Pedrosa: Valentino is quite impressive

Dani Pedrosa narrowly misses out on a second consecutive podium finish at Indianapolis, praises Valentino Rossi for overnight jump in pace


Fast throughout the weekend, Pedrosa's morning warm up pace suggested he would be a leading contender to challenge team-mate Marc Marquez in the 27-lap race.

Come the race however, Pedrosa was unable to match Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo and his attention soon shifted to defending his third place from an advancing Rossi.

The championship leader finally made his move on lap 18 and although Pedrosa was able to respond, he couldn't make a pass stick, despite feeling his pace was better than that of Rossi's.

Such was the jump in the Italian's pace overnight, Pedrosa was taken aback and was only too happy to praise his fellow competitor.

“It was quite tough today because Valentino was way quicker in the race than in practice – like 0.6/7s faster,” said an upbeat Pedrosa. “To improve that much is quite impressive. Also at least sometimes you can do it at the beginning of the race, you can improve, but he stayed quite constant and strong all the race.

“But I think at the very end, like the last six laps, I was faster. When I make the move then I also immediately made a mistake at turn ten. He re-passed me and kind of got a little bit stronger when he was in front. When I ride behind it's more difficult sometimes. I could regroup and get back on him in the last laps but Rossi is always strong in the last lap.

“Unfortunately it didn't come out in the way I wanted but I just missed the podium. It's not good but anyway we have to work. I learnt a lot in this race. I hope I can come back strong in the next week where I won my last race. I hope we can repeat it.”

While Marquez and Lorenzo continued to reel off a succession of high 1m 32s laps close to the end of the race, Pedrosa was just a fraction slower.

Still, all of his flying laps were in the 33s or 32s and the four-time world champion was pleased with his pace towards the end of the race, which was underlined by his personal best lap, set three laps from the chequered flag.

“[I learnt] The way to ride the bike. This year I struggle with the setting and I struggle to have the perfect pace, the fast pace. Always I miss out by 0.2 or 0.3. in the last laps I can find myself back with the bike more comfortable riding.

“During the race I had several different stages when I was on the limit or more comfortable. At the end I could feel more integrated with the bike so this gives me some motivation for the next week.”

The race took place in grueling heat and humidity and the hot pace of the leading two left Pedrosa physically exhausted come the close of the 27 laps.

“It was really hot and humid and this track is quite physical with the changes of direction because they are quite fast. I think this race was very physical, especially at that pace because no lap we gave up a little to rest. Every lap was 100 percent. Maybe one time the lap time wasn't perfect but the effort was always there."

When asked how his arm held up under the conditions, he said, “I was quite happy. I could focus more on riding than my arm so this was very positive.”



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