Rewriting History: Marc Marquez Crowned As Youngest-Ever MotoGP World Champion
Marc Marquez is living proof that smiles definitely kill.
The young phenom’s beaming expressions were a mere layer above the natural killer instincts that just carried him to ultimate MotoGP glory, being crowned as the youngest-ever World Champion after a solid result (third) on his home turf at the season finale in Valencia (Spain).
A much-anticipated battle for the Championship with rival and title contender (and fellow Spaniard) Jorge Lorenzo culminated what has been a truly magical, albeit dramatic rookie season.
“I feel… I cannot explain what I feel,” said the 20-year-old prodigy, who has already smashed multiple records this season including youngest ever Premier Class race winner, youngest pole-sitter, first rookie Champion since 1978 and more. "It is a dream come true – maybe too early because I did not expect to fight for the championship this year.”
His results and sheer talent have been all too real.
Beginning with a stunning victory early into his rookie campaign at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin (Texas), he followed up with masterful triumphs at Sachsenring (Germany), Brno, Aragon and a sweep of the the U.S. stops at the U.S. Grand Prix – Laguna Seca and the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
A magic 16 top-three finishes in a season is the greatest number of podium finishes ever by a rookie in the Premier Class. All while he has raced as the pole sitter nine times: the greatest number of pole positions by a rookie ever.
Top it all off with 334 – the most points ever achieved during a rookie season in the Premier class, and it’s quite obvious that Marc’s story is truly incredible, and is likely the beginning of what is to become legend.
MotoGP has itself a new King. And despite Marc’s big smile and boyish looks, through some flat out ferocious wars on the track with some of the sport’s most elite, established riders – he’s sent a clear message that he’s here to win, for the long haul.
It was only appropriate, following a few controversial weeks of penalties and drama, for the coronation to come on home territory following a battle with two fellow Spaniards in contention for glory.
“All in front of all our fans to fight with Jorge and Dani (Pedrosa)!” Marc said. “That (to win against) one of the best riders in the history of MotoGP. Now I just want to say thanks to Honda, to all my team, to all the people who helped me, to my family because they are always there. I don’t know what else I can say because I feel so good.”