Marc Marquez’s debut World Championship campaign in 2008 immediately made many aware of his talent and he took a podium at Donington in his first season despite a shortened campaign due to injury.
In 2009 he scored a single podium on his way to eighth overall, before his full talent truly blossomed in 2010 as he scored an incredible ten victories from 12 poles on his way to the 125cc World Championship title. 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 victories as he pushed Stefan Bradl for the title until a crash in practice at the Malaysian GP ended Marquez's season prematurely. Problems with his vision as a result of that crash cut short his 2012 pre-season, yet after a full recovery he was on the pace from the star, fighting it out in what proved to be a highly competitive Moto2™ season.
Following some stunning rides, spectacular wins and some controversy, Márquez was crowned Moto2™ World Champion at the penultimate round in Phillip Island. For 2013 he stepped to the premier class, taking Casey Stoner’s vacant place in the Repsol Honda Team.
It would prove to be the most remarkable rookie season ever witnessed, as Marquez stormed to the world title to become the youngest ever 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, the 2015 Honda a difficult beast to tame. Some hope came when he reverted to the 2014 frame in Assen but much of the year would be over shadowed as he and Valentino Rossi’s friendship rapidly deteriorated, reaching a climax in Sepang.
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