Not since Australian Mick Doohan won 10 in a row in 1997 had a
rider put together that long a streak.
Marquez, riding a Repsol Honda, completed the 27 laps (112.6km) in
42 minutes, 7.041 seconds, 1.803 seconds ahead of compatriot Jorge
Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) was 6.558 seconds back in third
place, with Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (Honda) fourth in an action-packed
race that featured several crashes.
Marquez, 21, also increased his lead in the 2014 standings, picking
up 25 points to improve to a perfect 250 points for the season.
Pedrosa is second on 161 points, with seven-time world champion
Rossi close behind on 157 points after 10 of 18 races.
Marquez started from pole but got away slowly and quickly fell back
to fourth place as Rossi took the lead.
On the sixth lap, Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso appeared to have a
little contact on a corner and, though they remained upright, both
lost speed and Marquez took advantage to pass them both and take the
Rossi temporarily dropped to third but surged back to regain the
However, Marquez bided his time and took the lead again on the 11th
lap, this time for good, gradually increasing his margin to win at
Indianapolis for the second successive year.
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American rider Nicky Hayden, who missed the race through injury, said
Marquez was dominating the circuit because he did everything well.
“He really has no weak spots,” the 2006 world champion told Fox Sports.
“He’s won races from the back, he’s won races where he wasn’t
necessarily the fastest, he’s flag-to-flag, switched bikes, started from
the grid and... the thing he does more than I’ve probably seen anybody
is ride on the ragged edge so much and not make many mistakes.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene
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