“10 out of 10.”

Hey folks, Dre here again, and after a three week summer hiatus, MotoGP is back! And believe me, there’s no better place for that than the new and improved Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Round 10 of the Championship. In this crazy weekend, Marc Marquez keeps his unbelievable winning streak going at 10, the Factory Yamaha’s tripped over themselves, Andrea Dovizioso showed his class, the Brits had a great weekend, Mika Kallio dominated in Moto2, and after 116 races in the sport, Efren Vazquez finally got over the hump to take his first career win. Here’s my look, at MotoGP’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis.


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Marquez Steals from the Feuding Yamahas

The start of the GP was pretty much a Microcosm of the season so far. The Yamaha’s started strong, Marquez fell down the order a tad, and even the Ducati’s of Dovi and Iannone looked strong too. But ultimately, while the leading pack all tripped over each other, and there was some very close shaves there (Rossi, Lorenzo and Dovi predominantly), Marquez was the one who hung back, picked his spot, and once he got the space, he was unmatched to take his 10th win of the season. With Marquez’s 10th win in the book, he became the first man since Agostini in 1971 to win the first 10 races of a season, and the first guy to win 10 straight since Mick Doohan in 1997. The records just continue to tumble.

Valentino Rossi continued his superb season with one of the best starts of the season to take the lead from 5th at the end of Lap 1, and looked like he would be the strongest threat to Marquez, but it was Jorge Lorenzo who would almost bully his way into 2nd place. A stronger showing from the 2012 World Champion, despite coming REALLY close to taking them both out on Turn 2 when him, Rossi and Marquez went 3-wide into Turn 2. A lot of nervous faces in the Harrison household I tell you! A probable contender for pass of the season.

Something again worth mentioning, is that once Marquez pulled the pin with about 10 to go, by the end, Jorge was matching his pace stride for stride. If it wasn’t for the passing incident and the time taken to pass Rossi, maybe, just maybe Jorge could have been a threat? He seems to have found some form in the last two races, so who knows, maybe we’re getting the old Jorge back, which can only be a good thing – I’ve constantly gone on about how insane he was in the latter half of 2013 when he went ALL out. The problem is, with him being 133 points behind Marquez with only 200 available; Jorge must know deep down, the game is (probably) up for another year.

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Dovizioso and Ducati’s Awful “Catch 22”

I wonder, is Ducati starting to regret running as an Open Class entry? I say this, because Indy highlighted a major problem with the team’s dynamic at present.

Ducati had brought a power upgrade to Indy this weekend, and it showed. Dovi was the fastest man through the speed trap all weekend at 343km/h (214 in the Queen’s English), and for the first 10 laps of the race, he was right up the front challenging Rossi and the other Factory players for the win, something we’ve just not seen from them in dry conditions this season.