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Indianapolis results: Marquez extends MotoGP lead

Marquez overtook Lorenzo in the 12th lap to take the lead in Indianapolis.
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Sunday, 18, Aug 2013 08:05

by Daniel Mackrell

Marc Marquez has extended his lead in the MotoGP after winning at Indianapolis this afternoon in what was a thrilling race.

It is the third consecutive grand prix victory for the rookie, and means he has extended his lead to 21 points.

The rest of the podium was made up by Pedrosa who finished in second, and Lorenzo who finished in third.

Marquez started the race in pole position, after recording the fastest time in qualifying, but it was Lorenzo who took the lead early on.

Pedrosa wasn't far behind Lorenzo, and Marquez sat back in third in the early stages of the race.

Marquez eventually overtook Pedrosa, before overtaking the current world-champion into first place during the 12th lap.

British rider Bradley Smith had a great start to the race, climbing to fourth place early on, before being overtaken by Crutchlow, Bautista and Bradl within the first few laps.

One of the biggest battles of the race came between Crutchlow and Bautista who were fighting over fourth place.

The two riders switched places multiple times throughout the race, including four times in the last five laps, but it was Valentino Rossi who managed to steal fourth place from their grasp towards the end of the final lap.

Rossi had spent much of the time in 7th place, before gradually closing in on the riders ahead of him.

Crutchlow will be disappointed with his final position in the first race since he announced his move to Ducati next season.

The fight for fourth wasn't the only last minute action on the track, as teammates Nicky Hayden and Divizisio clashed on the final lap, but it was Bradley Smith who snuck past them right at the end to snatch an 8th place finish.

Marquez has won at Indianapolis twice at Moto2 level, and was the fastest in the practice laps.

The Spaniard also became the first person to win all three US MotoGP races.

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