Marc’s debut in the Motorcycle Road Racing World Championship was with the Repsol KTM Team at the 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril because an ill-timed pre-season crash resulted in a fracture of his right arm, preventing him from being on the starting grids for the first two races. The 2016 season positively proved that Marc is a fast learner. After being penalised for an infraction in Free Practice and sent to the 38th spot on the grid on Sunday, he overtook 35 rivals to take the last spot on the podium and reduce his standings deficit to just three points. Marc Marquez’s start to the 2017 MotoGP Championship as defending World Champion was not an easy one. The two riders touched briefly but Valentino was able to pick the bike up, riding through the gravel trap, beating Marc to the finish line. He did not disappoint, taking the win in the desert, showing that he was fully recovered and ready to push for the title. Marc could count on an advantage of 17 points in the standings and in the race he uncharacteristically avoided entering the battle for victory; his fourth-position allowed him to reach the finish line celebrating the title.
That small blot on his record was followed by nine podiums from 12 races: eight wins (in Qatar, Portugal, Holland, Germany, Indianapolis, Czech Republic, San Marino and Japan), two runner-up finishes (Catalunya and Great Britain) and two third places (Jerez and Aragon). Dani made a strong start, and as he took control at the front, Marc and Rossi fought fiercely for third place behind Lorenzo.
Following an earlier downpour, the young Spaniard was struggling on a surface that was drying progressively and dropped back to ninth place after swerving off the track, but he never lost his nerve and changed to slick tyres before everyone else, beginning an incredible recovery from 14th position to take his seventh win in a row at the Sachsenring Circuit. Five crashes in the lead up to the Catalan GP wasn’t the best weekend but Marc held it together in the race to cross the line in second, a result that lifted him to third in the Championship standings, just 23 points off the top. The 2016 MotoGP World Championship crowned Marc as the youngest rider to win 3 premier-class World Championships, bringing his tally to 5 titles over all classes in a GP career just 9 seasons long. Afterward, despite being among the top group on several occasions, he suffered some bad luck and crashes but still finished nearly all of the races in the top five. In 2002 Marc finished third in the Conti Cup, a road racing series promoted by the Catalan Motorcycling Federation. Marc changed to the big circuits in 2003 by taking part in the Open RACC 50, a six-race Catalan Championship, and he won the title with an overwhelming performance in his first year. He also became the youngest ever rider to win two consecutive premier-class World Championships at the age of 21 years, 237 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood, who was 23 years, 152 days when he won his second successive 500cc title in 1963. During the first race, at Losail Circuit, he ran wide in turn 1 and had to make a great recovery to finish in fifth position. In pouring rain, they staged an epic duel, fighting to the last corner of the final lap, and despite the best efforts of the reigning Champion, it was Dovizioso who emerged victorious from “Victory” corner, while Marc was an incredibly close second for his 100th career podium. After suffering three crashes in the first four races, he got to grips with the class and, at the French GP, announced his arrival as a serious title contender. Marc arrived at round three in Jerez leading the Championship and took second behind teammate Dani Pedrosa. Marquez and Dovizioso arrived in Japan for the first of three-consecutive flyaways with just 14 points separating them, and put on a stunning showdown at Twin Ring Motegi. First GP win and first World Championship Title (2010 – 125cc). He is the first rider in the 69-year history of grand prix motorcycling to win at least five races a season for eight years in a row. There were huge expectations for what Marc could achieve in his first season in MotoGP, and he immediately demonstrated that he was able to battle with the elite of the class. Consistency was the key to a season for which the introduction of unified electronics and a switch from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres shook the field up and made the racing more unpredictable than ever. Marc arrived in Japan with a 75 point margin, meaning that he would seal the title if he finished in front of Dani and lost no more than three points to Rossi and 15 to Lorenzo. Level 7 had been reached. With just three laps to go, a small mistake in the last chicane allowed Rossi to pass him and try to open up a gap. But of course, I am still far from my normal level. Once again it was Andrea Dovizioso who stood between Marquez and a sixth premier class crown with the Repsol Honda Team rider needing to out score the Italian by two points. “About the physical side, now I am in a good moment. The result was Marquez heading into the summer break with a healthy 48-point lead over Lorenzo in the Championship classification.
In 2000, although he continued competing in enduro, he was also runner-up in the Catalan Motocross Championship, and in 2001, he took another step forward and won the Catalan Championship of the Initiation motocross category.
This was the final blip before a huge comeback, in which he picked up three consecutive wins (Assen, Italy and Germany), one second place (Brno), a further three wins on the bounce (Indianapolis, San Marino and Aragón) and another second place (Motegi). Heading to the Catalan GP, Marc was fourth in the Championship, 37 points behind leader Viñales. He managed to get the bike restarted and took an important single Championship point for his 15th place finish. During that season, Marc won the 125cc Catalan Championship, as well as the 85cc Catalan Supermotard Championship. Having not won since the German GP, Marquez went on a run of victory in Aragon, Thailand and Japan to seal his seventh title at Honda’s home race in Motegi. After nine stunning race wins in 2019, Marc Marquez lifted the 2019 MotoGP World Championship – his eighth world title and sixth in the premier class. It was the 50th victory in Marc’s career and his first at Phillip Island in the MotoGP class. It was a closely fought race, as Marc battled with Rossi, who would not give up the fight easily. With Dovizioso in fourth, a thrilling battle broke out between Marquez and Fabio Quartararo – Marquez taking victory in the last corner of the last lap. Marc has always lived in Cervera, a small town near the capital of the province where he resides with his parents and brother Alex. This close battle would continue after the summer break as the Ducati pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo once again pushed Marquez hard in Austria and the Czech Republic. Incredibly, Lorenzo underwent surgery on Friday and returned to race to a fifth-place finish, while Marc also overcame his injuries by scoring an important second-place finish. Marquez arrived in Aragon 63 points behind Rossi, but then crashed out in turn 12, ending his title hopes. All Rights Reserved.