Posted: 23 Nov 2013
Marc Marquez is a sensation. He’s twenty years old and has three World Championships to his name. What’s more is he took those three championships over a period of four years and had it not been for an injury towards the latter end of the 2011 Moto2 season, he’d probably have won all four.
He’s impressive to the extent of not being surprised when he breaks yet another record. But where’s he come from? What exactly is his history? Starting out in mini enduro bikes, Marquez went on to move into the Catalan 125cc championship in 2004 (where most World Champions start these days) after meeting Emilio Alzamora – who became his manager. As a rookie in this series, he finished second to Pol Espargaro in 2004 but managed to win it in 2005 and 2006. He joined the Spanish CEV Championships with KTM at just fifteen years of age taking his first win at Jerez.
In 2008 Marquez moved to the World 125cc Grand Prix championship with the KTM Repsol Team. He took his first career podium the same year at Donington Park. He finished his debut season thirteenth in the championship. The next year he went on to take another podium and his two first pole positions. A more consistent year saw him finish eighth in the championship. A switch to Derbi machinery for 2010 saw a dramatic change. In the first three races Marquez finished on the podium twice, then going on to take his debut Grand Prix victory at Mugello. Following this, he won the next four. In total, he took ten victories that year on his way to his first Grand Prix crown.
For 2011, aged just eighteen, Marquez moved to the Moto2 championship. He had a difficult start to the year with crashes in the first three races. In the fourth round at Le Mans, something clicked for the youngster and he powered to his first win in the intermediate class. He followed this up with a second place at Catalunya and went on to be on the podium in each race he finished, including a total of seven wins. An accident in Malaysia saw him wiped out for the final two rounds seeing Stefan Bradl go on to win the championship.
Marquez returned in 2012 with a clear goal: to get his hands on the title he missed out on the year before. Suffering just two DNF’s in the entire season, Marquez went on to win nine races with Pol Espargaro keeping him honest throughout. He won the title at Phillip Island with one round to go, knowing he’d be moving up to MotoGP the next year with Repsol Honda.
Based on his previous accolades, people knew Marquez would be good in MotoGP, especially on one of the two best bikes out there. Not many would have put money on him winning within two races and going on to become the youngest rider to win the premier class title. At our last count, Marquez currently holds over thirty racing records and let’s face it – there are many more to come.