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Profile of Marc Márquez
In 2008 he made his debut in the 125cc World Championship at the age of 15 with the Repsol KTM team. At first due to its light weight, it must weigh down the motorcycle. In the preseason he falls in Jerez, suffering a fractured ulna and radius that prevent him from being in the first race. He made his debut in the Portuguese GP with an 18th place. His first points would be obtained in the next appointment, that of China. In his 6th race he achieved the podium at Donington Park, becoming the youngest Spaniard to do so. His season would end early due to another injury sustained in training at the Malaysian GP. He would finish his debut year in 13th position, with 63 points and showing great potential.
In 2009 Marc repeats with KTM and still maintains a weight of about 5 kilos. The bike is still not up to par with its rivals such as Derbi or Aprilia. The only joys were the podium in Jerez and the pole positions at Le Mans and Sepang. He took a step forward, finishing 9th in the standings but far from what was expected at the beginning of the year.
So we come to 2010, the year he started winning. He changed KTM for Derbi, greatly improving performance within the Aki Ajo team. In addition, for the first time it would not carry ballast. In preseason he dazzles and starts the championship from the podium with a third place in Qatar. In Mugello he gets his first victory in the World Cup and goes on a roll, adding five in a row and climbing to the lead. His rivals are Pol Espargaró and Nico Terol. With the latter the 125cc title would be played in the last race in Valencia, where Marc secured 4th place to win his first world crown. For the memory is the penultimate race at the Portuguese GP, where Marc fell on the reconnaissance lap. He manages to lift his motorcycle and take it to the box. They were minutes of maximum tension in which the mechanics had to fix his bike as well as possible at full speed and Márquez had to control his nerves. He was the last in the race and came back to win. He had done his first stellar performance. In total 10 wins and 12 podiums.
With the title under his arm, he jumped into Moto2 for 2011 with Suter. Although he was very fast from the start, he did not score in any of the first three races and in the fourth, Le Mans, he achieved the first victory in the category. Thus began a points comeback on the solid leader, Stefan Bradl, who would be able to overcome in the absence of the last appointments. On the other hand, an eye injury produced in the Malaysian GP practice, where the stewards did not show slippery asphalt flags when it started to rain, made him miss the last two appointments and not be eligible for the title until the end. Being runner-up with 7 victories and 11 more podiums for his record.
The beginning of 2012 was very emotional for Marc, after a tough preseason in which he did not regain his vision to compete, he even doubted whether he would be able to do it again. Fortunately he recovers and wins on the first date. With 9 victories and 14 podiums he takes the title, leaving memorable duels against Pol Espargaró and other impossible performances like those of Motegi or Valencia, where he had to go back from the end of the grid to victory. At 19 years old and as a two-time world champion, he would jump into MotoGP with the most powerful team in the premier class, the Honda Repsol.
His MotoGP debut in 2013 had a major impact on the category. Marc was on the edge from the beginning, sometimes overstepping them due to his lack of experience. In his first race he took the podium after a beautiful duel against Valentino Rossi. In the second, at the Austin circuit, he took his first MotoGP victory. He was the youngest in history to do it. In addition, it rose to the leadership. It seemed impossible for a “rookie” to stand up to riders of the caliber of Lorenzo, Rossi and Pedrosa, but that’s how it was. In Mugello he fell losing options, but then he chained a streak of 4 consecutive victories that made him face the last phase of the championship from the leadership and with an income to manage. Lorenzo’s drive, coupled with his disqualification from the Australian GP, brought the World Cup alive in Valencia, where in another exciting race he was 3rd. Thus he became the youngest world champion in history, unseating Freddie Spencer.
In 2014 he had no rival. He won the first 10 races in a row, to accumulate 13 in total at the end of the season, a record today in the same year and category, to add his 4th title, 2nd MotoGP crown.
2015 was the year of mistakes. After two incredible years, Marc finds a Honda that is more complicated than the motorcycle of his greatest rivals and accumulates error after error for trying to win as he did the previous year. It was a tough lesson in which he lost the title but learned the importance of regularly scoring as high as possible. He finished 3rd and with an ugly finish in which he was involved in controversy with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who were playing for the crown.
For 2016 Michelin returned to MotoGP as a tire supplier and the single unit was established. It was a year of adaptation and many mistakes where Marc put everything he learned in 2015 on the table, which together with his already demonstrated ability to learn early, led him to regain the crown. Only 5 victories but he knew how to be regular and win at key moments of the year.
The start of 2017 was complicated. After being beaten all preseason by Maverick Viñales, Yamaha’s brand new signing, he started with poor results. From the Catalan GP, where he was second, he began to win races and to be on all podiums, with the exception of the engine breakdown at Silverstone and the 4th place in Sepang, where he should not risk more. The title was decided in Valencia, the last race, and will be remembered for the memorable save at Turn 1 when at over 150 km / h he lost the front wheel and saved the crash with his knee and elbow. He returned to the track to be 3rd and celebrate the title. His 6th world title and 4th MotoGP title.
For 2018, Marc Márquez at 25, was once again the man to beat. At the end of the year he achieved “Level 7”, his seventh World title, also accumulating 9 victories, his second best season in MotoGP after his glorious 2014.
- Date of birth: February 17, 1993
- Place of birth: Cervera (Lérida)
- Weight: 59 kilos
- Height: 1.68 meters
- Motorbike: Honda
- Number: 93
- Helmet: Shoei
- Jumpsuit: Alpinestars
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