Heir Apparent: Marc Marquez’s Rookie Tear Through MotoGP World Continues, Extends Lead for Crown
Marc Marquez is the real deal.
Sure, the humble Spanish phenom may be inclined to play down the fact that he holds a 16-point lead in the Championship standings as a MotoGP rookie. Or the fact the fact that he’s on the heels of three recent victories (the most recent coming at Laguna Seca in Northern California – where he became the first rookie to have ever triumphed at the track). He’s the youngest ever to tally back-to-back wins, by the way.
Marc’s quick to point out that the absences and injuries of fellow Spanish superstars like Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo allowed him chances to win – and that their presence may have altered the results the past few rounds.
But he also noticeably omits the fact that his first-ever victory, coming at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin (Texas), was achieved by convincingly outgunning his legendary childhood hero (and fellow Oakley superstar), Valentino Rossi, who’s finally found his form after a couple of tough years with Ducati.
No biggie, right?
It wasn’t until Laguna Seca this past weekend when he finally gave himself some credit for his stellar position in the sport and series.
“I’m very happy because it’s great to go into the summer break with this result,‘’ Marc said. "It’s a new circuit and I’ve got 25 points.’’
It’s also completely apparent that the Spaniard is no fluke. There are no ‘one hit wonder’ stories coming out of his camp.
He’s the real thing.
Already gaining the respect of the sport’s active legends, like Valentino himself, as a result of his amazing skill and amiable personality, Marc has officially arrived.
His badass pass of German pole sitter Stefan Bradl to claim a 2.2 second victory in Northern California was reflective of his level of riding thus far in the season.
“I overtook Valentino then caught Bradl,‘’ Marc continued. "I stayed behind him for about 12 laps, then tried to pass him to open up a gap.’’
He certainly did.
With that, Marc’s rookie tear through the MotoGP world continues as he charges forward with prime pouncing position for the Title.
Many will wonder if he can keep on in top form with the immense added pressure of being the favorite…in his first year in the ‘big leagues.’
One thing is certain, we wouldn’t bet against him.