MotoGP » Marc Marquez: MotoGP’s best ever rookie?


Marc Marquez has astonished audiences around the world with an audacious start to the 2013 MotoGP campaign. Here, we compare his rookie year to those stellar first time efforts from the past.

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Spinach

August 08, 2013 12:45 PM

While impressive, the year is not done. Having seen a rash of injuries this season from many of the main players, perhaps Marc's points lead is slightly misleading. We all know that injury is part of racing though.

That being said, this boy can fly and takes no prisoners. Of course, at some point, his style will probably take him out of a few races (hopefully only himself though I fear others will pay the price).

Do I think Cal or Ben or Marco could have done as well without the stupid rookie rule (?) - NO. But I do feel as though they had their nads cut out from under them, entering a race with no hope of podium unless a factory rider tumbled or crumbled. I can't imagine being a pro rider knowing you are fighting for 5th at best. Again, Marc is above their level as it appears right now.

Lastly, MotoGP has become more of a soap opera than a racing venue. MM is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant series. We can only hope Casey decides to comeback so that we might have 5 - 7

rdc

August 08, 2013 1:05 PM

I don't think you can compare his rookie season to any other, the number of competive rides is very low compared to most of those other riders rookie years, except maybe Jorge's, but the grid state has gotten even worse since then

hoppy

August 08, 2013 1:54 PM

Marc is a superbly talented kid make no mistake about that.I cant think of anyone more deserving of the factory seat.BUT,lets not forget that he is on one of only 2 bikes capable of winning the title.
So to say he may be the best rookie ever would be unfair to those who came before who did not have the advantage of full factory kit.

Pepe Leyva

August 08, 2013 2:07 PM

Kenny Roberts legend is about to be equal, this little guy has everything, including the best bike, I think seriously he may be world champion 2013. I do not like such small pilots but he goes fast

Edfummi

August 08, 2013 3:29 PM

I don't think he'a the best rookie ever! Is he talented yes, is he fast yes, is he the best NO!! Keep in mind that 20 to 30 years ago you had to be old enough to race in the highest class and even the lower cylinder classes!! Now a days guys barely 15 can get on a 125/moto3 bike and be in motogp after 3 years if you've got the right talent of course! So in a couple of years there will be an 18 year breaking Marc's records count on it!!

Edfummi

August 08, 2013 3:33 PM

Also the difference in bikes back then and now is gigantic. Does anybody think Marc would have done as well on a 2 stroke 500 cc machine!?!? Don't think so he would have been on his ass on every circuit( Dani and jorge as well)

samh

August 08, 2013 6:01 PM

Not many rookies had a teammate at Pedrosa's level that gave up data and techniques to get the most out of the bike.
For example, Lorenzo had 'the wall' so had to do his own thing.

There are too many variables to really say who was the best. It will be judged purely on results though, so in that sense yes he could be the best ever rookie.

He's an amazing talent there's no doubt about it.

TrueFan

August 08, 2013 6:19 PM

@samh " It will be judged purely on results though"

Well in that case, Kenny Roberts is still safe. By half way through his rookie season, he had 3 wins, 2 2nds and a DNF...from six races. Marc has 3 wins, 2 2nds, 3 thirds and a DNF. KR is in front.

Marc also has Casey Stoner's team, and all his data...not a bad head start...

Regardless, Marc has had a stellar season so far, and props to him, he's riding like a god.

In the last couple of races, his competition was Rossi and Cal. Let's see how he goes when Lorenzo and Pedrosa are back to fitness.

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