Youngest Gun: Marc Marquez Makes MotoGP History with Victory at Grand Prix of the Americas
There are scores of old MotoGP veterans that haven’t so much as brushed a podium.
And that renders Marc Marquez all that more impressive.
Oakley’s 20-year-old Spaniard became the youngest rider to ever claim a Premier Class GP victory after a stunning performance at the first-ever Grand Prix of the Americas in April.
The triumph also catapulted him into top contention in the World Championship Standings after two races.
“It is unbelievable,” Marc said in Austin, reflecting on a feat reserved for history-making riders. “A first victory in MotoGP is a dream come true. I have to say thanks to all the people who helped me, especially the team because I could not do this without them.”
Starting at pole after claiming the pole position with authority through the week, the young gun engaged in a head-to-head slug fest with countryman Dani Pedrosa throughout the race before an enthralled Texas crowd.
Despite Pedrosa snatching a brief lead, Marc powered on – awaiting the opportune moment to mount his attack. With nine laps remaining, he slipped through the inside to top the field at Turn Seven.
It was yet another Spanish speed demon, Jorge Lorenzo, who’d make the most serious charge – grabbing the second place position. But it simply wasn’t enough to catch Marc on his way to the resounding win, and into the annals of history.
Finishing with a time of 43 minutes, 42.123 seconds – he clipped the second place finisher by 1.534 seconds.
“To be third in my first race in Qatar was a dream and now, to take the victory in the second race — that’s even better!”
Watch out for Marc as he continues to raise eyebrows on his way to international stardom.
Oakley’s Global Motorsports family is proud to congratulate Marc on his phenomenal accomplishment!