During his 22-years in the MotoGP paddock, Livio Suppo worked with many special riders.

But he insists that newly crowned four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is the most remarkable (or perhaps 're-marc-able').

Suppo oversaw Casey Stoner's historic title success for Ducati before celebrating another world championship with the Australian at Honda. When Stoner retired, Marquez stepped in and won four titles in five years.

Upon announcing the surprise news that he would leave his position as Repsol Honda Team Principal and seek a quieter life away from the paddock, the Italian was asked to compare Stoner and Marquez.

"I have no doubt which one to chose, of course it's Marc. And not because he is now working for HRC, but because Marc is really special," Suppo replied. "I mean, Casey's talent was huge. Marc's talent is probably very similar. But to work with Marc is really a pleasure.

"When I told him my decision [to leave], I told him about when we signed our very first contract together. It was Emilio [Alzamora], Nakamoto-san, myself and of course Marc.

"Marc was super young and still had to do one more year in Moto2 (pictured).

"I said to him, 'You are a very nice guy now, but you will come to MotoGP, get a lot of money, a lot of girls, become very famous and you will probably change. I would really like you to remain the same'.

"I already told him last year and I told him again today; he never changed. And he's so special for this.

"Because I think sometimes we don’t realise what these guys really have. They are so famous! And to remain like Marc has remained is very, very difficult. I really appreciate even more for this, than for what he is able to do on the bike."

Marquez, 24, can regularly be seen (and heard, given the raucous laughter) eating with his entire team of mechanics. In the case of Sunday night at Brno, a few hours after winning the race, he was the one fetching chairs for them in the paddock cafe.

When the mechanics work late due to bike damage it is said Marquez waits with them in the garage, while at the end of the Valencia test he was seen helping wash and carry equipment into the truck.

HRC is yet to announce Suppo's replacement.


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Didn't know HRC had Marc signed up when he was recovering from eye surgery and the dumb rookie rule was still in place. Very clever people ?

It's certainly undeniable, Marc Marquez is a special talent and a team player to go with it.  After reading this by Livio Suppo, Marc isn't going anywhere soon and why would he.

It shows he is a nice young man unlike other we see in Motogp who thinks they are god.. good to know about Marc as a person if this is true. 

Nice to know he's apparently as genuine as he comes across.  Particularly like the story of him eating with his mechanics.

I suspect when he eventually brings out an autobiography it should make for interesting reading.

He's really a Very very Special guy...Helping the Mechanics!!! Wow!!! Mechanics would forget all the hard work they did...Marc drinks RedBull and Serves as an Energiser for the team... Thanks Marc for entertaining us with Rare talent... Go Marc Go...

He really is something special, no doubt. Let's see if Joan Mir can do the same because it seems he's on the same path too...


but he ( MIR ) is already 20...it will take atleast 2 years to gear up for MOTOGP...so he may not be as good as marc...if Quateraro competetive next year he can do better like MV

Not completely sold on Quarteraro yet - he was supposed to come in as the next big thing but had a lacklustre start in Moto3.  I'm hoping getting on the bigger Moto2 bike might make a difference and he might have a better year in 2018 now he's got the hang of it, be interesting to see if his career path matches Vinales or not.

I don't think Mir is another Marquez - quite happy to be proved wrong - but I think potentially he is more than capable of being another "alien" when he reaches the top class.

I think the problem is that once in a while you get an exception to every rule - like Schumacher in F1 - who just can't be counted in the same category as everyone else.  I think Marquez is that person in MotoGP at the moment, and I think it might well take some time before we find another rider who is like that.

Before the Rossi fans start jumping down my throat, I am aware that he is a decade older (and more) than a lot of his competitors, so I don't detract from what he has already achieved, I just acknowledge that his time is winding down whilst Marc's is still current or even still rising

I don't think his age has anything to do with it; he's young enough for anything to happen. He was on the cusp of breaking multiple records this last season. THAT"S what counts. :)

Marquez is a rider with good talent and attitude. I was with him on several honda commercial trips.

I am not a Marquez fans, but from several commercial trip with him,  i am convinced of his kindness attitude.

It is unfortunate that there are other rider who have tried to spoil the good name of marquez only for his personal ego ambitions.