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Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez
Márquez in 2015
Nationality  Spanish
Born (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993
Cervera, Lleida, Spain
Current team Repsol Honda Team
Bike number 93
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2013
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 2 (2013, 2014)
2014 Championship position 1st (362 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
53 24 38 30 30 918
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 20112012
Manufacturers Suter-Honda
Championships 1 (2012)
2012 Championship position 1st (328 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
32 16 25 14 7 579
125cc World Championship
Active years 20082010
Manufacturers KTM, Derbi
Championships 1 (2010)
2010 Championship position 1st (310 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 10 14 14 9 467

Marc Márquez Alentà (born 17 February 1993) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion. He is one of four riders to have won world championship titles in three different categories, after Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.[1]

Márquez won the 2010 125cc World Championship,[2][3] the 2012 Moto2 World Championship,[4][5] and the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP World Championships. Márquez became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the title overall.[6] He defended his title, winning the 2014 championship with three rounds to spare.[7] He is the older brother of 2014 Moto3 world champion Álex Márquez.[8]

Contents

  • 125cc World Championship 1
  • Moto2 World Championship 2
  • MotoGP 3
    • 2013 3.1
    • 2014 3.2
    • 2015 3.3
  • Career statistics 4
    • By season 4.1
    • By class 4.2
    • Races by year 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

125cc World Championship

Born in Cervera, Spain, Márquez made his championship debut on 13 April 2008 at the 125cc 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix at the age of 15 years and 56 days.[9] He is the youngest Spanish rider to take a pole position or a podium in a motorcycle racing world championship.

Márquez at the 2010 Dutch TT.

Márquez achieved his first podium on 22 June 2008 at the British Grand Prix. For 2009, he was a factory KTM rider, and in the French Grand Prix achieved his first pole position at the age of 16 years and 89 days. He also took pole for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix but the exhaust pipe fell off on the opening lap and went under the rear wheel, causing Márquez to crash and injure his shoulder. His first win was on 6 June 2010 at Mugello. Further victories at Silverstone, Assen and Catalonia in the next three races made Márquez the youngest rider to win four successive races.[10] His fifth win in succession at the Sachsenring was Derbi's 100th victory in Grand Prix racing, and Márquez became the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 1997 to win five successive races in 125cc racing.[11]

He was less successful in the following races, dropping to third in the standings at one point behind Nicolás Terol and Pol Espargaró after being involved in an accident with Randy Krummenacher at the first corner at the Aragon Grand Prix.[12] Four successive wins from Motegi onwards had moved Márquez into a 17-point lead over Terol with only one round to go. At Estoril, the race was red-flagged due to rain with Márquez running second to Terol. When returning to the grid for the second race, Márquez fell on the sighting lap and had to return to the pits. With repairs, Márquez started at the back of the field having not made it out of the pit lane before it closed five minutes prior to the start. Despite this, Márquez recovered to win the race and thus extend his lead before the Valencia finale. His tenth victory of the season moved him to within one of tying the record set by Rossi in 1997.[13] He would fall short of tying it as he was fourth at the final race in Valencia to become the second-youngest World Champion after Loris Capirossi.[2][3]

Moto2 World Championship

Márquez moved into the Moto2 class for 2011 – the first of an expected two-year deal[14] – as the sole rider of the new team Monlau Competición, run by his manager Emilio Alzamora. He finished 21st in Portugal, before taking his first victory in the class at the French Grand Prix.[15] At his home race in Catalonia, Márquez finished second behind championship leader Stefan Bradl, before another fall at the Silverstone, having started from his first Moto2 pole position. With Bradl taking his fourth victory in the first six races, Márquez trailed him by 82 points at the end of the weekend.[16] Márquez made a mid-season surge up the championship standings, winning six of the next seven races to move within six points of Bradl in the championship standings.[17]

In the Japanese Grand Prix, Márquez took his seventh pole position of the season but finished second to Andrea Iannone,[18] but that finish combined with a fourth place for Bradl, allowed Márquez to take the championship lead by a point.[19] At the Australian Grand Prix, Márquez was involved in an incident with Ratthapark Wilairot during free practice; Márquez crashed into the back of Wilairot after the session had been concluded, and for riding in an "irresponsible manner", was given a one-minute time penalty onto his qualifying time.[20][21] The penalty ensured Márquez would start the race from last on the grid, but he made his way through the field and eventually finished the race in third place.

Prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix, Márquez confirmed that he would remain in Moto2 for the 2012 season,[22] after rumours of a move into the MotoGP class. Márquez's race weekend was hampered in the opening minutes of the first free practice session, as he crashed on a damp patch of asphalt.[23] After sitting out two further practice sessions, Márquez completed two laps in the qualifying session, but his times were only good enough for 36th on the grid. He did not start the race, as he failed a medical examination prior to the warm-up on race morning.[24] Márquez attended the final race of the season in Valencia, in the hope of being fit to compete, but withdrew due to his continued vision problems, giving Bradl the title.[25]

MotoGP

On 12 July 2012, it was announced that Márquez had signed a two-year contract with the Repsol Honda team in MotoGP, replacing the retiring Casey Stoner alongside Dani Pedrosa, from 2013 onwards.[26][27]

Márquez tested the Valentino Rossi in fourth before swapping places with Rossi on the final day .[29] Márquez also did a race simulation during the closing stages of the session and his timings were consistent and phenomenal for a rookie. Márquez continued his impressive form in the private test of Honda at Austin where he topped the timesheets all the three days.

2013

Márquez started the 2013 season strongly with a podium finish in

Preceded by
Julián Simón
125 cc Motorcycle World Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Nicolás Terol
Preceded by
Stefan Bradl
Moto2 World Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Pol Espargaró
Preceded by
Jorge Lorenzo
MotoGP World Champion
20132014
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Andy Murray
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Daniel Ricciardo
  • Official website
  • Marc Márquez – Profile at the official MotoGP website
  • Marc Márquez on Twitter

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References

  • Fastest ever recorded speed in MotoGP: 350.5 km/h (217.8 mph)[92]
  • Most pole positions in Moto2 Class: 14 (shared with Pol Espargaró and Johann Zarco)
  • Most podium finishes in Moto2 Class: 25
  • Most podium finishes in a single season in Moto2 Class: 14
  • Most wins in Moto2 Class: 16
  • Most wins in a single season in Moto2 Class: 9
  • Fastest crash in MotoGP: 209 mph (336 km/h) (2nd practice Mugello 2013)[93]
  • Youngest pole position in Premier Class: 20 years, 62 days (COTA USA 2013)[1]
  • Youngest winner in Premier Class: 20 years, 63 days (COTA USA 2013)[1]
  • Youngest rider to take successive podium positions in the Premier Class: 20 years, 63 days (Qatar, COTA USA 2013)[1]
  • Youngest rider to take a fastest lap in the Premier Class: 20 years, 49 days (Qatar 2013)[1]
  • 4 successive podium positions in first 4 Premier Class Grands Prix (shared with Max Biaggi)[1]
  • Most wins as a teenager in all classes: 26
  • Youngest Spanish rider to take a pole position: 16 years, 88 days (France 2009)
  • Most pole positions in a season of 125cc World Championship: 12
  • Youngest rider to win 5 successive Grands Prix: (Mugello, Silverstone, Assen, Barcelona, Sachsenring 2010)
  • Youngest rider to lead the Premier Class championship: 20 years, 63 days (COTA USA 2013)[1]
  • Youngest rider to win at least 1 race in 3 classes of GP Racing
  • Márquez won in Germany for the fourth successive year in 2013 across three different classes; in 2010 he was competing in the 125 class, in 2011 and 2012 the Moto2 class and in 2013 in MotoGP. He is the first rider of the modern era to win at the same circuit for four successive years across three different classes. Also adding a 5th and 6th consecutive German GP win in the MotoGP class in 2014 and 2015.
  • First/only rookie to win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
  • Youngest rider to win 4 races back to back in Premier Class: 20 years, 189 days (Germany-USA-Indianapolis-Czech Republic 2013)[1]
  • First rookie to win 4 races back to back in Premier Class: (Germany-USA-Indianapolis-Czech Republic 2013)[1]
  • Youngest rider to set fastest times in every session from a Premier Class GP Weekend: (Indianapolis 2013)
  • Most wins as a rookie in Premier Class: 6[1]
  • Most pole positions as a rookie in Premier Class: 9[1]
  • Most podium finishes in rookie season of Premier Class: 16[1]
  • Most podium finishes in single season of Premier Class: 16 (Shared with Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner & Jorge Lorenzo)
  • Most points scored as a rookie in Premier Class: 334[1]
  • Youngest rider to take back to back pole positions in Premier Class (Silverstone-Misano 2013)
  • Youngest rider to take four pole positions in a row in Premier Class (Silverstone-Misano-Aragon-Malaysia 2013)
  • First rookie to take 4 consecutive pole positions in Premier Class
  • Youngest rider to win the title in Premier Class: 20 years, 266 days[1]
  • First rider to win Intermediate Class and Premier Class titles back to back
  • 2nd rookie to win Premier Class title (after Kenny Roberts in 1978)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 2 races of a season from Pole Position (Qatar-USA 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 3 races of a season from Pole Position (Qatar-USA-Argentina 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 4 races of a season from Pole Position (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 5 races of a season from Pole Position (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain-France 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 6 races of a season from Pole Position (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain-France-Italy 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 7 races of a season (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain-France-Italy-Catalunya 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 8 races of a season (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain-France-Italy-Catalunya-Netherlands 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 9 races of a season (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain-France-Italy-Catalunya-Netherlands-Germany 2014)
  • First rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win first 10 races of a season (Qatar-USA-Argentina-Spain-France-Italy-Catalunya-Netherlands-Germany-Indianapolis 2014)
  • Most Pole Positions from Start Of Season in 4 Stroke MotoGP (2002–) era: 6
  • Youngest Rider to win 5 races in a row in Premier Class: 21 years, 90 days
  • Youngest Rider to win 6 races in a row in Premier Class: 21 years, 104 days
  • Youngest Rider to win 7 races in a row in Premier Class: 21 years, 118 days
  • Youngest Rider to win 8 races in a row in Premier Class: 21 years, 131 days
  • Youngest Rider to win 9 races in a row in Premier Class: 21 years, 146 days
  • Youngest Rider to win 10 races in a row in Premier Class: 21 years, 174 days
  • Youngest Rider to win 11 races in a single season in Premier Class: 21 years, 205 days
  • Only rider in 4 stroke MotoGP (2002–) era to win 6 successive Premier Class races from Pole
  • Most points scored in First 10 races of Premier Class season: 250
  • Most Consecutive race wins in Premier Class in 4 Stroke MotoGP (2002–) era: 10
  • Most Consecutive race wins in a single Premier Class season (1949–) era: 10 (Shared with Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini)
  • Youngest rider to win back to back championships in Premier Class: 21 years, 237 days
  • Only Honda rider to clinch Premier Class championship at Honda's Motegi circuit
  • Only Spanish rider to win 2 titles back to back in Premier Class
  • Youngest rider to take 12 Pole positions in a single season in Premier Class: 21 years, 243 days
  • Only rider to take 13 Pole positions in a single season in Premier Class
  • Youngest rider to win 12 races in a single season: 21 years, 251 days
  • Most Races won in a single season in Premier Class: 13
  • One of only pair of brothers to win Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championships, with Álex Márquez[94]
  • Most Fastest laps in a MotoGP season: 12 (shared with Valentino Rossi)
  • Most wins at the Circuit of the Americas: 3[70]
  • Most consecutive wins at Sachsenring Circuit: 6
  • Most consecutive pole positions at Sachsenring Circuit: 6
  • Most consecutive wins at Indianapolis Circuit: 5
  • Youngest rider in the history of world motorcycling to get 50 wins: 22 years, 243 days

[87][88][89][90][91]

* Season in progress.

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2008 125cc KTM QAT SPA
DNS
POR
18
CHN
12
FRA
Ret
ITA
19
CAT
10
GBR
3
NED
Ret
GER
10
CZE
Ret
RSM
4
IND
6
JPN
Ret
AUS
9
MAL VAL 13th 63
2009 125cc KTM QAT
Ret
JPN
5
SPA
3
FRA
Ret
ITA
5
CAT
5
NED
10
GER
16
GBR
15
CZE
8
IND
6
RSM
4
POR
Ret
AUS
9
MAL
Ret
VAL
17
8th 94
2010 125cc Derbi QAT
3
SPA
Ret
FRA
3
ITA
1
GBR
1
NED
1
CAT
1
GER
1
CZE
7
IND
10
RSM
1
ARA
Ret
JPN
1
MAL
1
AUS
1
POR
1
VAL
4
1st 310
2011 Moto2 Suter QAT
Ret
SPA
Ret
POR
21
FRA
1
CAT
2
GBR
Ret
NED
1
ITA
1
GER
1
CZE
2
IND
1
RSM
1
ARA
1
JPN
2
AUS
3
MAL
DNS
VAL
WD
2nd 251
2012 Moto2 Suter QAT
1
SPA
2
POR
1
FRA
Ret
CAT
3
GBR
3
NED
1
GER
1
ITA
5
IND
1
CZE
1
RSM
1
ARA
2
JPN
1
MAL
Ret
AUS
2
VAL
1
1st 328
2013 MotoGP Honda QAT
3
AME
1
SPA
2
FRA
3
ITA
Ret
CAT
3
NED
2
GER
1
USA
1
IND
1
CZE
1
GBR
2
RSM
2
ARA
1
MAL
2
AUS
DSQ
JPN
2
VAL
3
1st 334
2014 MotoGP Honda QAT
1
AME
1
ARG
1
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
1
GER
1
IND
1
CZE
4
GBR
1
RSM
15
ARA
13
JPN
2
AUS
Ret
MAL
1
VAL
1
1st 362
2015 MotoGP Honda QAT
5
AME
1
ARG
Ret
SPA
2
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
2
GER
1
IND
1
CZE
2
GBR
Ret
RSM
1
ARA
Ret
JPN
4
AUS
1
MAL
Ret
VAL
3rd 222*
indicate fastest lap) italics indicate pole position, races in bold() (Races in

Races by year

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Podium 1st Win Races Wins Podiums Poles FLaps Points WCh
125 cc 2008–2010 2008 Portugal 2008 Great Britain 2010 Italy 46 10 14 14 9 467 1
Moto2 2011–2012 2011 Qatar 2011 France 2011 France 32 16 25 14 7 579 1
MotoGP 2013–2015 2013 Qatar 2013 Qatar 2013 Americas 53 24 38 30 30 918 2

By class

* Season in progress.

Season Class Motorcycle Team Races Wins Podiums Poles FLaps Points Plcd
2008 125cc KTM Repsol KTM 125cc 13 0 1 0 0 63 13th
2009 125cc KTM Red Bull KTM Motosport 16 0 1 2 1 94 8th
2010 125cc Derbi Red Bull Ajo Motorsport 17 10 12 12 8 310 1st
2011 Moto2 Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol 15 7 11 7 2 251 2nd
2012 Moto2 Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol 17 9 14 7 5 328 1st
2013 MotoGP Honda RC213V Repsol Honda Team 18 6 16 9 11 334 1st
2014 MotoGP Honda RC213V Repsol Honda Team 18 13 14 13 12 362 1st
2015 MotoGP Honda RC213V Repsol Honda Team 17 5 8 8 7 222* 3rd
Total 131 50 77 58 46 1964

By season

Career statistics

Márquez failed to finish the races in Italy[74] and Catalunya,[75] but returned to the podium with a second place finish at Assen,[76] after a race-long battle with Rossi. Márquez took successive victories in Germany,[77] and Indianapolis,[78] before a second-place finish at Brno.[79] Márquez crashed out at Silverstone in wet conditions,[80] but won at Misano.[81] Márquez crashed out at Motorland Aragon,[82] and a fourth-place finish in Motegi ended his hopes of retaining the title.[83] In his 130th start, Márquez achieved his 50th Grand Prix win – becoming the ninth rider to reach that mark, and the youngest to do so,[84] at 22 years, 243 days – with a final-lap pass on Lorenzo at the Australian Grand Prix.[85] Márquez crashed out in Malaysia after a collision with Italian rider Valentino Rossi. The incident was reviewed by Race Direction after the race, where Rossi was given three penalty points – enough to enforce a start from the back of the grid for the final race in Valencia.[86]

Márquez at the 2015 Catalan Grand Prix..

The 2015 MotoGP season started off with Márquez, once again, being the favourite to take the Championship, but he started slowly with a fifth place finish in Spain, despite riding with a fractured finger on his left hand after a dirt-track accident, a week before the race.[72] In France, Márquez took his third pole position of the season, but dropped down to seventh place at the start. He overtook Cal Crutchlow, who crashed out of the race, and on lap 22, Márquez struggled during a hard battle for fourth place with Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone, who was riding despite his injured left shoulder, and finally Márquez finished in fourth place ahead of Iannone.[73]

2015

[68], Márquez broke Doohan's record, with his 13th win of the season.Valencia At the final race in [67] to claim the manufacturers' championship, with a race to spare.Honda Márquez's result was also good enough for [66].1997's record of most premier class victories in a single season, from Mick Doohan, Márquez broke Stoner's record, with his 13th pole position of the season and his 50th Grand Prix pole position. He took his 12th win of the season, matching Sepang. At 2013 Italian Grand Prix his first non-finish since the [65], but he crashed out while leading the race,2011's record from Casey Stoner, Márquez took his 12th pole position of the season, matching Phillip Island At [64][7] with three rounds remaining.Motegi Márquez clinched his second title at [63] and 14th, with Lorenzo winning his first race of the year after he stopped earlier from third position to change to his wet-setup motorcycle.[62] and finished 13thAragon Márquez and Pedrosa crashed in heavy rain late in the race at [61] – was able to score one championship point.Aleix Espargaró; he remounted and – with a last-lap retirement for Valentino Rossi, Márquez crashed while battling for the race lead with Misano At [60] Márquez suffered his first defeat of the season at

With a tenth successive victory coming at Indianapolis, Márquez became the third rider to achieve such a feat in the premier class, after Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini.[58]

[57], Márquez again won the race, thereby becoming the youngest rider to win nine races in a row in the premier class.German Grand Prix At the [56] two weeks later.Dutch TT The brothers repeated the feat at the [55] winning the earlier Moto3 race, the Márquez brothers became the first siblings to win Grand Prix world championship races on the same day.Álex With younger brother [54] At the

The first race of the season was held at Losail in Qatar. Márquez progressed steadily through the events practice sessions and showed strong pace on Saturday afternoon to take pole position. During the race he made an average start dropping to 4th place on lap one, Márquez gradually worked his way to the front of the race and enduring a tense battle with Valentino Rossi for the second half of the race, ultimately winning by 0.259 seconds.[48] He also went on to win the next five rounds in Texas,[49] Argentina,[50] Spain,[51] France,[52] and Italy,[53] all from pole position.

Márquez after winning the 2014 Grand Prix of the Americas.

The 2014 season started well for Márquez producing fastest times on all three days of the first Malaysian test. He then suffered a broken right leg and was unable to take part in the second Malaysian test or the Phillip Island tyre test.

2014

[47] At

At Silverstone, during Sunday morning warm up, Márquez crashed his bike and dislocated his shoulder in the impact. The race was a fight between Márquez and Lorenzo in the early laps as they pulled away from the field. In the final laps the two front runners traded places and paint; Márquez passed Lorenzo with only a few corners remaining but was again repassed and finished second.[41] At Misano, Márquez was atop the standings once again by over half a second from Lorenzo to claim pole position. Márquez finished the race in second place behind Lorenzo.[42] At Aragon, Márquez started from pole for the seventh time in 2013. Again Márquez lost the lead to Lorenzo in the first corner. Márquez found himself 2 seconds behind Lorenzo but soon caught up with Lorenzo and eventually crossed the line over one second ahead of Lorenzo to record his sixth victory of the season. Márquez moved on to 278 points with four races left, 39 ahead of second-placed Lorenzo.[43]

[40], the race saw an intense battle between Márquez and Lorenzo. Lorenzo made a great start off the line and led the race at the first corner. The pair proceeded to swap places on various occasions, with the final pass coming at Turn 3 with just under four laps to go; Márquez became the first rider to win four consecutive races since Valentino Rossi in 2008.Brno At [39] At

At Catalonia, Márquez finished the race in 3rd place.[35] At Assen, Márquez suffered a huge highside in morning practice causing small fractures of his little finger on his right hand and also his left big toe.He finished the race in 3rd place.[36] At Sachsenring, following injuries to main rivals Pedrosa and Lorenzo, Márquez took his 3rd MotoGP pole position. After an average start he worked his way to the front to lead by the end of lap five and was never again headed despite a strong late race charge from Cal Crutchlow to win by 1.5 seconds.[37] At Laguna Seca, Márquez replicated the overtake that Rossi made on Casey Stoner at the same corner in 2008 to pass Rossi. He won his third race of the year to extend his championship lead to 16 points over Dani Pedrosa.[38]

Márquez slipped during the third free practice session without getting injured or damaging his bike and eventually qualified third fastest at Jerez. Márquez finished the race in second position behind teammate Dani Pedrosa.[32] At Le Mans, Márquez took the second pole of his short MotoGP career, 0.03 seconds ahead of Lorenzo. Márquez suffered a bad start to the race and spent many laps in the lower half of the top 10 however by mid-race he began to find his rhythm and progressed forward. Márquez overtook Andrea Dovizioso with only two laps to go in the race to claim his fourth podium finish in as many races, tying Max Biaggi's record from 1998.[33] Márquez endured a tough weekend at Mugello. After crashing his Repsol Honda on Friday morning Márquez crashed again on Friday afternoon, he had a third crash on Saturday morning practice but recovered to qualify on the second row for the race. He suffered his 4th crash of the weekend with only 3 laps to go in the race; his first non-finish since joining the premier class.[34]

[31]'s 30-year-old record.Freddie Spencer20 years, 63 days, beating , Márquez beat his team mate Dani Pedrosa and became the first winner at the new track. In doing this Márquez became the youngest ever MotoGP race winner at Texas in Circuit of the Americas At the second round of the championship at the new [30]

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