SPEEDWAY – The best motorcycle riders in the world were guarenteed to come back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. That announcement was on Saturday.
Also on that day there seemed to be another thing set in stone for the next Moto GP race in Indiana: Marc Marquez would come back as the defending champion.
The dazzling rookie broke the speedway record in qualifying with a lap under 1:38 and had the top starting spot for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. But a former champion of the race was not about to let that happen so easily.
2009 Grand Prix champion Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the lead from Marquez early on and held it for nearly half the race, but in the end it was the Moto GP points leader that backed up his strong performance during the week. Marquez got the lead back and then held on to pick up his first win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marquez becomes the fifth different winner in the six runnings of the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Two-time champion Dani Pedrosa finished second.