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Double podium for Lorenzo and Rossi in Indianapolis

Lorenzo and Rossi deliver double podium in Indy
Lorenzo and Rossi deliver double podium in Indy
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Moviestar Yamaha MotoGP teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi mark their return by scoring a double podium finish in the Indianapolis Grand Prix

Moviestar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have returned from the summer break showing us some impressive results.

Lorenzo came an impressive second at the legendary 'Brickyard' in Indianapolis yesterday (Sunday) and, after starting third on the grid, the fun-loving Spaniard made us quite nervous by dropping back to sixth place on the second turn, prior to cutting back through the stream of riders to take his place as a key component of the race.

Teammate, Rossi, also provided an interesting race with an impressive start as he climbed four places from the second row of the grip to take the lead in the second corner, surpassing Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso. The third lap saw Lorenzo arrive at the back of Marc Marquez, and you could feel the audience's excitement as the four competitors exchanged places several times.

The tenth lap saw Rossi leading the pack, with Marquez coming in second. However, the order soon changed when Lorenzo and Marquez passed Rossi in the second turn almost causing a collision between the two. Marquez took over the lead, with Rossi close behind and Lorenzo taking third place. Lorenzo was close to overtaking the two when his knee clipped the curbstones in the last corner, causing him to lose some imperative seconds.

Nevertheless, Lorenzo closed the gap of 0.4 seconds to his teammate overtaking him on the 15th lap. The Spaniard, closely followed by Rossi looked set to win but the gap to Marquez had become too big.

The thrilling race came to an end with Lorenzo coming in second, 1.803 seconds behind Marquez with Rossi finishing third with a gap of +6.558 seconds to his teammate. Lorenzo's sixth premier class podium finish at the US track moves him up to the fourth position in the standing with 117 points, whilst Rossi stays in third on 157 points. With ten consecutive premier class wins, Marquez has a maximum 250-points and could win the Championship by Aragon if he manages to win the next four races.

"Now I feel a lot better on the bike and I improved my physical condition. I rode well and consistently and I feel very fit on the bike," said Lorenzo. "I ride against very strong riders now; Valentino improved his form this year. He is faster so it is not easy to overtake him and Marc is no longer the rookie rider he was last year. He has a very strong bike and he has more experience and is really fit and riding well."

Speaking on improving the bike, Lorenzo continued, " Yamaha is working very hard, so I am confident that we will get a better bike hopefully for this year, but if not for next season. Maybe on one of the next tracks that suits my riding style we can challenge Marc, but if we want to be a consistent threat to him in every race, we have to improve a bit more and that's what we're trying to do."

Teammate, Rossi, seemed a bit chirpier as he said: "I am satisfied because this is a good third place after a good battle with Jorge and Marc. I let the race, stayed in front and rode well. I'm happy because usually this is a difficult track for me. We worked well with the team and the bike was good for the race. We were able to achieve a good pace, but now we have to make another step to arrive in front of Jorge and Marc."

The MotoGP standing after race 10 of 19 shows Dani Pedrosa and Rossi remain in second and third, respectively. Dovizioso drops to fifth, as Lorenzo takes his spot in fourth place.

Newbie Pol Espargaro remains in sixth position, and Britian's Scot Redding and Cal Crutchlow take 12th and 13th place respectively.

Unfortunately, Nicky Hayden was unable to attend the Indianapolis round and his 'home Grand Prix' as he is currently in recovery after a wrist operation, and dropped from 13th to 15th place.

We here at MotorbikeTimes seriously can't see anyone stopping Marquez' winning streak and it looks like a one horse race to us. Here is the complete standing for what it's worth:

1Marc MarquezHondaESP250
2Daniel PedrosaHondaESP161
3Valentino RossiYamahaITA157
4Jorge LorenzoYamahaESP117
5Andrea DoviziosoDucatiITA108
6Pol EspargaroYamahaESP78
7Aleix EspargaroForward YamahaESP77
8Andrea LannoneDucatiITA62
9Bradley SmithYamahaGBR58
10Stefan BradlHondaGER56
11Alvaro BautistaHondaESP50
12Scott ReddingHondaGBR40
13Cal CrutchlowDucatiGBR36
14Hiroshi AoyamaHondaJPN34
15Nicky HaydenHondaUSA29
16Yonny HernandezDucatiCOL27

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