A patient Marc Marquez picked his moment to overtake Jorge Lorenzo and win Sunday's Indianapolis MotoGP.

Marquez had followed Lorenzo's Yamaha until three laps to go, when the reigning double champion neatly slipstreamed his RCV ahead into turn one, eventually holding Lorenzo at bay by 0.6s.

In doing so the Repsol star raised his unbeaten MotoGP record in America to seven in a row and claimed Honda's 700th victory in grand prix racing.

Six seconds back, a relieved Valentino Rossi salvaged the final podium place after a tense battle with Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, decided in Rossi's favour at turn two on the last lap, during a race that soon developed into a two-by-two contest up front.

Rossi, who began the race from just eighth on the grid, thus saw his title lead reduced from 13 to 9 points over Lorenzo, with Marquez now 56 points adrift.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone, who celebrated his 26th birthday today, held fourth ahead of Rossi on the opening lap before slipping 20-seconds from victory and facing a late challenge from top satellite rider Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha).

Smith had dropped to seventh after a mistake on the opening lap before clawing his way back up the order.

Fellow Englishman Cal Crutchlow almost clipped Smith in the opening turns of the race, leaving the LCR Honda rider in eleventh place.

Crutchlow, who had qualified fourth, spent the second half of the grand prix fighting Pol Espargaro for seventh, a battle that went in the Spaniard's favour by 1.3s.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was left 21st after a first lap incident, recovering to ninth on a day when Pramac's Danilo Petrucci completed the top ten.

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera was the top Open class rider in 15th.

Rookie Jack Miller (LCR Honda) was the only retirement.

Round 11 of 18 takes place at Brno in the Czech Republic next weekend.

Indianapolis MotoGP:1.Marc Marquez2.Jorge Lorenzo3.Valentino Rossi4.Dani Pedrosa5.Andrea Iannone6.Bradley Smith7.Pol Espargaro8.Cal Crutchlow9.Andrea Dovizioso10.Danilo Petrucci11.Maverick Vi?ales12.Yonny Hernandez13.Scott Redding14.Aleix Espargaro15.Hector Barbera16.Nicky Hayden17.Mike Di Meglio18.Alvaro Bautista19.Eugene Laverty20.Stefan Bradl21.Alex De Angelis22.Toni Elias
Jack Miller



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