MotoGP » Marc Marquez
A world champion in 125 and the Moto2 class, Marc Marquez literally came, saw and conquered during his debut season in MotoGP.
While few doubted that Marquez was always destined to be a potential champion at MotoGP level, few expected him to have flattened the learning curve so comprehensively.
The 20-year-old came out with all guns blazing - a podium on his Qatar debut followed by victory from pole in only his second race. Rather than the predicted rookie errors, Marquez continued to rack up podium-after-podium, with the exception of a late slip at Mugello.
When chief championship rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa suffered mid-season shoulder injuries, Marquez inflicted the maximum title damage with four successive wins. By the time Lorenzo and Pedrosa were back to full strength, the hard-riding Marquez had already matured into a rounded title challenger.
While Lorenzo threw everything at Marquez on and off track during the final events, not even disqualification in Australia - or the earlier controversy caused by the Aragon incident with team-mate Pedrosa - could stop Marquez becoming MotoGP’s youngest champion and the first rookie winner since 1978.
A season that will forever be etched in MotoGP folklore, ominously for Marquez’s rivals, it is unlikely that we have yet seen the best of the #93.
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