Marc Marquez won the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas today and in doing so, has become the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class grand prix at the age of 20 years 63 days.
The previous youngest winner was Freddie Spencer back in 1982 (who was 20 years 196 days when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps.
Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, finished just 1.5 seconds behind him in second position, though he must be asking questions after being humbled by the MotoGP rookie, and fellow Spaniard.
Marquez said: "After taking my first podium in Qatar I was very happy, but I am even more so today after my first win! It went better than I expected and I am very grateful to the team for their efforts over the preseason; we have worked very hard and, without this, the victory would not have been possible.
He added: "The race was very intense and physical, as I followed Dani for many laps and then decided to launch an attack and try to open a gap with ten laps to go. I could not pull the gap I wanted as some problems emerged that we’d experienced throughout the weekend. Despite all this, we were able to take the victory. The 25 points are important, but what is more important is to have achieved a win in my second race in MotoGP. We realise that more difficult circuits lie ahead for us, but we will try to give 100% at all of them. Our battle is not the one for the championship, but rather taking it race-by-race and enjoying every moment"