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Marc Marquez: MotoGP’s best ever rookie?

Spencer showed his worth from the off, finishing third at the opening round in Argentina, just over a second behind first placed Roberts. Despite Erv Kanemoto's experience and know-how the bike suffered many teething problems, and he failed to finish three times in those opening nine rounds.

Spencer did take his first win around Spa's high speed curves to take away Hailwood's 21-year old record of becoming the youngest rider to win a 500cc race at just 20 years and 196 days old.

Then one sunny Sunday afternoon in Texas, not far from his Louisiana home, 31 years later…

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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.


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

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