Marc Marquez has ridden his way into MotoGP history in his rookie year as the youngest champion, after capturing the 2013 World Title following the season’s final race in Valencia.
The Spaniard only required a fourth place finish to secure the title, with fellow countryman and only rival Jorge Lorenzo ‘s first place finish not quite enough to knock him from the top ranking.
The 20 year old started his debut season in dream form grabbing a podium finish in the first race of the season in Qatar, while also recording the fastest lap. Only two weeks later in Austin, the youngster nabbed not only pole position for the first time, but his first victory.
…four consecutive wins in Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Brno…
The Honda rider continued his impressive form and eliminated any shadow-casters when he blasted through the mid-season with four consecutive wins in Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Brno. He picked up his sixth and final win in Aragon in September by which time the title race was reduced to himself and Lorenzo.
Marquez proved his graduation from Moto2 into MotoGP was anything but premature. In what can only be described as astonishing, he earned himself a place on the podium in all but two races over the whole season (he was disqualified from the Australian GP), stepping up 16 times over 2013 with six 1st placings, six 2nd placings and four 3rd placings. In addition, he posted the fastest laps at 11 of these 18 events.
…he’ll be testing two versions of the 2014 spec Honda…
Despite his success, Marquez is still keeping an even head, “I still have to clean my room, I have to do my bed, I prepare the table”. In between upholding his domestic chores, he’ll be testing two versions of the 2014 spec Honda in preparation to defend his title when the season commences on the 23rd March in Qatar.