Talk about talent, talk about prodigy, talk about speed and talk about no. 93 in the MotoGP and the unanimous voice will come shouting only one name- Marc Marquez. This genius of a rider achieved so much at a young of 21, very few dare to dream of. Marking his debut in the World Championship in 2008, the 15 year-old had a rough rookie season as he suffered injury at the start of the season. But, as they say, champions are made of steel, and he proved the same very well achieving a podium result in just sixth race at Donington Park. Although the rookie season only saw 2 wins, he became the World Champion soon after in the 2010 season by winning 10 races out of 14.
The 125cc career was over for the Marquez, but in a better way, as he moved to the higher capacity Moto2 class in the 2011 season winning seven races. Despite pushing hard to win the Moto2 rookie season, a crash at the Sepang halted his campaign, losing out to Stefan Bradl for the title. But, nothing could have stopped Marquez from reaching the pinnacle and he repeated his 125cc magic by winning the second season, achieving podium in 9 out of the 14 races.
The next for the young Spaniard was obvious, to move towards the ultimate championship. The brutale, the fastest and the most charismatic show on Earth, the premier class world championship, MotoGP. Marc raced in the 2013 season of the MotoGP as the debutante for the Repsol Honda alongside Dani Pedrosa, replacing the famous Casey Stoner, who took retirement from the MotoGP at the heights of his career. Marquez has a huge challenge ahead of him to fill the shoes of great Casey Stoner and race with some of the best athletes of the Planet: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and his teammate Pedrosa.
Unlike the 125cc and Moto2 category, Marc Marquez had a different plan for the MotoGP. He didn't want to lose the first season and win the second, like the previous classes, as he was in too much of a hurry. Crushing all the skepticisms during the course, he became the first rookie in 35 years to win a premier class in just his second race at the Austin circuit. Carrying forward his performance at the Austin, he demolished all the records by becoming the youngest ever rider to clinch the premier class world title in MotoGP at the age of 20 years. He achieved 16 podiums from 18 races sealing the title by four points over the nearest rival and outgoing champion Lorenzo.
Coming into the 2014 season, Marquez raised the bar of the championship with Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Rossi unable to challenge his elbow sliding ability and powerful performances in the first half of the year. Marquez won ten successive victories in the opening 10 rounds of the season, building a huge margin for the championship. He, then successfully retained his title wrapping up the 2014 crown with 3 races to spare.
"I'm just really happy about the title. At Honda's home circuit, it's incredible to get it here!" said Marc M?rquez. "Thanks especially to the team, my family, and Honda for giving me this material and the best motivation to be able to get the title!" M?rquez now has four World Championship titles to his name, more than 40 victories and almost 70 podium finishes, all in just over 100 grands prix.
Date of birth: 17th February 1993
Place of birth: Cervera, Spain
First Grand Prix: Qatar 2008, 125
First pole position: France 2009, 125
First podium finish: Great Britain 2008, 125
First Grand Prix victory: Italy 2010, 125
Grand Prix starts: 111
Grand Prix victories: 43
Podium finishes: 67
Pole positions: 48
Fastest race laps: 37
World Championship Wins: 125 (2010), Moto2™ (2012), 2 x MotoGP™ (2013 & 2014)