One Marquez Masterclass after another
It seems that Marc Marquez can do no wrong at all this year. His recent win at the German MotoGP at Sachsenring was his ninth in as many races this season but this time it was anything but easy.
You have to feel for his opponents because surely when Marquez had to start the race in the pit lane, the other riders had an inkling that this might be their day to finish ahead of the 21 year-old Spaniard. Especially when the championship leader had admitted recently that he doesn’t have much experience of racing in wet conditions.
All those hopes proved to be in vain though as it took Marquez just six laps to get the lead and that was that, another race and another win in the bag finishing 1.46 seconds ahead of Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo in third. All three had one thing in common; they all started from the pit lane. There certainly aren’t that many races when the race begins with just one rider on the front row of the grid, let alone one that eventually finished 16th.
That ninth win in a row gave Marquez yet another record as he became the first rider since the great Giacomo Agostini 44 years ago to achieve the feat. He’s 77 points ahead of the field and all this in just his second season in MotoGP. Last year Marquez became the first rider since Kenny Roberts to win the title in his first season and made history as the youngest ever World MotoGP champion. At the age of 21 Marquez has achieved more than most riders achieve in a lifetime.
What do most children ask to receive for a Christmas present when they’re four years old? Well the young Marc Marquez wanted a motorbike and not a replica of one from some cartoon series he might have been watching. With two training wheels little did his parents know what they were starting when they gave in and let him have that motorbike.
A year later he’d progressed to a second-hand 50cc bike and his talent grew and grew. In 2000 he was runner-up at the Motocross Catalan Championship and won his first title the following year becoming Catalan Champion of the Initiation category.
The skills being shown by the youngster impressed everyone who saw him ride. That was definitely the case when winning the Open RACC 50 title dominating races throughout the season. Rookies weren’t exactly supposed to be winning races by 20 seconds.
More and more titles came the youngster’s way and in 2008 he took the big step up making his debut in the Motorcycling World Championship joining the Repsol KTM team. He made a massive impact and became the youngest rider to get on a World Championship podium when finishing third in the British Grand Prix.
At the age of just 17, the Spaniard became 125cc World Champion and it was time to move up to Moto2 with a team that was especially created for him. That’s what happens when someone with incredible talent comes along. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2011 and could well have won the title but for crashing in practice in Malaysia. That meant he missed the last two races of the season.
All great champions have to overcome injuries at some point in their career (though not usually when still in their teens) and that’s exactly what Marquez did in 2012 when he finally won the Moto2 World title.
Then in 2013 his domination of MotoGP began and yet more records began to tumble. He became the youngest rider to win a MotoGp race, the youngest to claim three podiums in a row and in November the ultimate record, the youngest ever MotoGP champion.
It certainly looks as only injury can prevent Marquez winning a second successive title. Is it too much even for this amazing Spaniard to dream of winning every race this season? Who can stop him in the future might just rest pretty close to home. His younger brother Alex Marquez is only 18 but already the winner of the 2012 Spanish Moto3 title. He’s won two races this season in the World Moto3 championship and currently 2nd in the standings.
Could we be seeing a battle of the Marquez brothers in years to come?