Last weekend in Motegi Japan, Marc Marquez grabbed his 5th MotoGP World Championship title, the 3rd premier title in a row, the 7th in his Grand Prix career.
With 2 rounds still left, “Cabroncito” has been crowned World Champion one more time onboard the RC213V Honda.
Marquez has now reached and overtaken some of the all-time motorcycle legends. He has set records and imposed a new riding style, all of this at just 25 years and 8 months of age. No rider in history has ever achieved this.
For those who like statistics the ones regarding Marquez are simply astonishing - with 5 titles in MotoGP, the Spaniard equals no less than legendary Mick Doohan, with just Valentino Rossi (7) and Giacomo Agostini (8) ahead of him in this special ranking.
With 7 titles in all the Grand Prix classes, Marc matches Phil Reed, with only legends like Carlo Ubbiali (9), Mike Hailwood (9), Valentino Rossi (9), Angel Nieto (13) and Ago (15) ahead of him.
The young rider from Cervena, Spain, made his Grand Prix debut 11 years ago in the 125cc class, where he won the championship in 2010, adding afterwards the Moto2 title in 2012 before making the big step to MotoGP.
However in the Top Class his numbers grow impressively: Marquez won the Championship as a rookie in the Top Class in 2013, repeating himself in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
He even set 78 pole positions in MotoGP (second is Jorge Lorenzo with 69); he has won 43 out of 105 MotoGP races until now and he has stood 76 times on the podium.
Marquez is also the youngest rider ever to win a MotoGP race (Austin 2013, aged 20).
The “kid prodigy” has now reached the unbelievable number of 7 World Championships at the age of 25 years and 8 months: nobody has ever won that much so young.
At that age, Rossi had 6 Championships under his belt, Nieto 5 and Agostini 2. They had raced less than Marquez at that point of their career though, but this doesn’t take anything from the young Spaniard who is rightly considered an “alien” with an immense talent.
As a rider and a man, Marquez has grown up. A lot.
Even Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig once admitted that the bike has sometimes not been Marquez’ match.
Apart from numbers and statistics, what Marc Marquez is capable of both in race and qualifying, is yet to be seen. His riding style, not composed at all but spectacular and physical is surely due a mention, with the elbow down and that knee that many times Marc used to save himself from almost inevitable crashes against every rule of physics.
Marc Marquez is a character that you can love or hate, especially after the famous fall outs with his childhood hero Valentino Rossi. Numbers speak for themselves, though:
Are we facing the strongest Grand Prix rider of all times?