Marc Márquez has been consistently brilliant over the winter since making the step up to MotoGP with Honda and the Spaniard is tipped to change the face of the motorsport.
Marc Márquez MotoGP’s next superstar
The 20-year-old Márquez has pedigree too, in terms of speed, as 2010 125cc World Champion and 2012 Moto2 World Champion everyone knew he was fast but the way he has impressed throughout the winter, has taken some by surprise. They knew he was fast, but nobody was expecting these sort of times from a rookie.
Fastest again in Austin Texas last week the Spaniard topped teammate Pedrosa’s time setting up expectations ahead of the season. Indeed Valentino Rossi, now with Yamaha, encountered the youngster on his Repsol Honda RC213V on the final day of testing in Malaysia. Rossi and Márquez lapped closely together for 5 laps with the reigning Moto2 World Champion chasing down his boyhood hero for the first three, in a display of what hopefully we can expect this season. Rossi described Ma?rquez’s driving style as ‘spectacular’, with a lot of lean angles and a real hunger.
Márquez’s father, himself a MotoGP enthusiast bought him his first bike for Christmas at the age of four and brought him to a nearby industrial estate to practice. He began competing at the age of 5 and found also a passion for Motocross, by the time he was 13 he was Catalunian Champion bot in Motocross and Motorcycling, he ascent to the pinnacle of two-wheeled motorsport has looked unstoppable since then.
Márquez has been impressive, no doubt, but perhaps the media cold temper their expectations, this is after all his rookie season. But with Rossi on the wrong side of 30 and the sport looking for a future heir, there no reason not to believe the hype. Destiny rides with this youngster it maybe too much to hope for this season, but one day, he’ll claim the MotoGP title.
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