Making a record-breaking rookie debut in MotoGP, Marc Marquez will look to further solidify his name among the greats in seasons to come.
Rider: Marc Márquez i Alentà
Born: February 17, 1993 in Lleida, Cervera, Spain
Machine: Honda RC213V (#93)
Marc Marquez received his first motorcycle when he was four years old, and since then the Spanish rider has lived his life on two wheels. Within a year of receiving his first bike Marquez made his first race start in a Spanish Enduro race for youngsters. In 1999 his father bought Marquez a 50cc mount which the young rider used to contest the Catalan Motocross and Enduro Championships. In 2000 he finished as runner-up in the Catalan Motocross Championship and in 2001 he became champion in the series.
In 2002 Marquez moved to road racing and finished third in the Catalan Speed Championship. The next year Marquez won the Open R.A.C.C. 50cc class by a healthy margin. In 2004 he moved up to the 125cc class in the Catalan Championship and finished the season second overall. It was also the year that Marquez met Emilio Alzamora, the man who would later become Marquez’s mentor and manager. Marquez followed his 2004 debut with championship wins in 2005 and 2006 in the class.
At 14 years of age Marquez moved up to the 125cc CEV Championship and finished eighth overall. Then in 2008 he jumped to the World Championship, campaigning his first season in the 125cc class with the Repsol KTM 125cc team. In his first outing on the world stage, Marquez finished 13th overall and gathered a total of 63 points. He also earned his first ever World Championship podium, taking third-place at Donington Park.
Things got better for Marquez in 2009 in the 125cc class. Riding for Red Bull KTM Motorsport, the Spaniard finished eighth in the series and notched a second podium in third-place at Jerez. Marquez’s breakout season occurred in 2010 though with the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport team aboard a Derbi motorcycle. Marquez earned 10 race wins in the 125cc class and two third-place finishes on his way to his first World Championship title.
In 2011 Marquez moved up to Moto2 with Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol. He struggled through the first three races of the season, but then took the race win in Round 4 at Le Mans. From there he was a potent threat for the title, but a crash in the days leading up to the penultimate round of the season forced Marquez to miss the final two races. Despite this, the Spaniard trailed the year’s title winner by just 23 points.
The 2011 injury plagued Marquez into 2012, forcing him to miss much of the preseason. Regardless, Marquez wasted no time acclimating to his machine, earning the win at the season opener at Qatar. Marquez dominated the 2012 Moto2 season after that, earning eight more race wins and a total of 14 podiums overall. He won the Moto2 title in 2012 56 points ahead of rival Pol Espargaro.
Marquez continued his ascension in 2013, making his rookie debut in the MotoGP class with Repsol Honda. At 20 years old, Marquez broke nearly every record in the book for a first-year rider during the 2013 season. In the opener at Qatar he became the youngest competitor to post the fastest lap in the premier class and in the following round became the youngest rider to earn pole position and win a GP race. He is the first rookie in the premier class to notch four consecutive race wins. With six victories to his credit during the 2013 season, he also holds the honor of having the most race wins in the premier class during a rookie season. Marquez finished in the top-three 16 times, qualified on pole nine times and amassed 334 total points for the season, all firsts for a rookie in the premier class. He became the first rookie to win the title since Kenny Roberts did so in 1978 and is now the youngest rider to have achieved the feat. He also joined the likes of Valentino Rossi, Mike Hailwood and Phil Read with his 2013 MotoGP title win, becoming only the fourth rider in the sport’s history to win world titles in three different categories.
Marquez returns with Repsol Honda in 2014.
2013 – 1st MotoGP – Honda
2012 – 1st Moto2 – Suter-Honda
2011 – 2nd Moto2 – Suter-Honda
2010 – 1st 125cc GP – Derbi
2009 – 8th 125cc GP – KTM
2008 – 13th 125cc GP – KTM
2007 – 8th 125cc C.E.V. Championship – KTM
2006 – 1st Catalan 125cc Championship
2005 – 1st Catalan 125cc Championship
2004 – 2nd Catalan 125cc Championship
2003 – 1st Open R.A.C.C. 50cc
2002 – 3rd Catalan Speed Championship