Sunday, February 23, 2014

Amazing Marc Marquez

 

21 Facts On The World Champion's Birthday


To mark the 21st birthday of MotoGP youngest ever premier class World Champion MotoGP provides 21 facts about the boy from Cervera and Amazing Marc Marquez.


  • At the opening race of 2013 in Qatar Marquez became the fourth youngest rider of all-time to finish on the podium in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing after Randy Mamola, Eduardo Salatino and Norick Abe
  • His first MotoGP win at the Grand Prix of Americas at the age of just 20 years 63 days, made him the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class Grand Prix, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 20 years 196 days when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982
  • The victory in Austin also made Marquez the youngest ever rider in the 65 year history of World Championship Grand Prix racing to have won in three different classes, taking the record from his team-mate Dani Pedrosa who achieved this at the age of 20 years 227 days when he won in China in 2006
  • Marquez became the first rider to have won in either their first or second start in the premier-class for 15 years, since Max Biaggi won on his 500cc debut at Suzuka in 1998
  • He also became the first rider since Jorge Lorenzo in 2008 to finish on the podium in his first two races in the premier-class
  • After podium finishes at the first two races in 2013, Marquez had joint leadership of the championship classification with Jorge Lorenzo and became the youngest rider ever to lead the premier class championship, taking the record from Jorge Lorenzo who headed the championship standings after winning at Estoril in 2008 at the age of 20 years 345 days
  • The win in Austin last year also gave Marquez the record of being the youngest ever rider to take back-to-back podium finishes in the premier-class, taking the record from Randy Mamola who finished on the podium in Spain and then France in 1980 at the age of 20 years 197 days
  • At the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013, Marquez became at the age of 20 years 77 days, the youngest rider to finish on the podium at three successive premier-class GP races, taking the record from Jorge Lorenzo who was 20 years 345 days old when he has his third successive podium in 2008
  • At the French Grand Prix, he became only the second rider to finish on the podium in his first four races in the premier-class; the other rider to have achieved this is Max Biaggi in 1998
  • The victories by Marquez at the Sachsenring and Laguna Seca in 2013 gave him the record of the youngest rider of all-time to win back-to-back races in the premier-class of grand prix racing at the age of 20 years 154 days, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 21 years 104 days old when he won in South Africa and France in 1983 riding a Honda
  • His wins at the Sachsenring and Laguna Seca also made Marquez the first rookie in the premier-class to win back-to-back races since Kenny Roberts in Austria and France in 1978
  • His win at Indianapolis last year made Marquez only the second Rookie ever in the premier-class to win three successive GP races; the other is Kenny Roberts who won in Austria, France and Italy in 1978
  • Marquez won at Austin, Laguna Seca and Indianapolis – the first rider to win three GP races in the US in a single season
  • His win at the Czech GP in 2013 gave Marquez the record of being the first Rookie ever in the premier-class to win four successive GP races
  • His win at Brno was the fifth win of 2013 – the greatest number of wins ever in the premier-class by a Rookie
  • The victories by Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Brno gave him the record of the youngest rider of all-time to win four successive races in the premier-class at the age of 20 years 189 days, a record previously held since 1962 by Mike Hailwood at the age of 22 years 139 days
  • Marquez is the first Rookie to win the premier-class world title since Kenny Roberts became 500cc world champion in 1978
  • At the age of 20 years 266 days Marquez is the youngest rider to win the premier-class world title, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 21 years 258 days old when he won the 500cc title in 1983 riding a Honda
  • Marquez is just the fourth rider in the 65 years history of grand prix racing to win world titles in three different categories, along with: Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi
  • In 2010 Marquez won the 125cc world title at the age of 17 years 263 days - the second youngest rider ever to win a motorcycle Grand Prix world title.  The only rider to have won a world championship at a younger age is Loris Capirossi in 1990
  • Marquez won 26 GP races before the age of 20, more Grand Prix races than any other rider in the history of the sport whilst still a teenager

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