MotoGP Superstar Marc Marquez’s profile, Marc’sWorld Championship campaign in 2008 immediately made many aware of his talent when he took a podium at Donington in his first season, despite a shortened campaign due to injury.
In 2009 he scored only one podium on his way to eighth overall, before in 2010 he scored an incredible ten victories from 12 poles on his way to the 125 World Championship – Marquez had arrived. Stepping up to Moto2 in 2011 the youngster got off to a rocky start, crashing out of the first two rounds.
However, a first win at Le Mans laid the way for six more wins as he pushed Stefan Bradl for the title until a crash in practice at the Malaysian GP ended Marquez’s season prematurely – including a podium from P38 on the grid in Phillip Island.
Problems with his vision because of that crash cut short his 2012 pre-season, yet after surgery and fighting to recover in time, he was on the pace from the start, fighting it out in what proved to be a highly competitive Moto2 season.
Following some stunning rides and spectacular wins, Márquez was crowned Moto2 World Champion at the penultimate round in Phillip Island – before winning the season finale from the back of the grid.
For 2013 he stepped to the premier class, taking retiring Casey Stoner’s place in the Repsol Honda Team. It would prove to be the most remarkable rookie season ever witnessed, as Marquez took the world title to become the youngest premier class World Champion and the first rookie title winner for 35 years.
In the process, he also became the youngest ever pole-sitter and race winner at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas and missed out on podium finishes on only two occasions. He sealed the title on his third attempt, in Valencia, finishing third as outgoing title winner Jorge Lorenzo won the race.
In 2014 Marquez raised the bar again, with his red-hot form from the first Grand Prix at Qatar taking him to ten successive victories in the ten opening rounds. By round 15 in Japan the remarkable young Spaniard had secured his second successive MotoGP title, with three races remaining.
2015 would not be the same fairy-tale season as Marquez failed to finish on six occasions, finding the bike more difficult. He and Valentino Rossi’s friendship rapidly deteriorated, reaching a climax in Sepang as they clashed on track and Rossi was penalised for the incident.
Despite the hardships, Marquez took five wins and third in the championship – going home for the off-season determined to fight back.
In 2016 he aimed to bounce back with the MotoGP Championship switching to Michelin rubber.