He came, he saw, he flashed a cheeky smile and, so far, it’s safe to say he’s conquered
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, 18 November, 12.30pm, BT Sport 2/HD (CH 532/528)
Every once in a while a sporting icon comes along who’s so ridiculously talented that it’s difficult to do anything other than get down on your knees and worship them in their glittering, all-conquering glory.
And while legendary footballers have been adorning walls and lunchboxes for generations (Emlyn Hughes, for this writer!), modern-day MotoGP maestro Marc Márquez is the new sporting poster child, for very good reasons.
After dazzling in the lower classes with his never-say-die attitude and searing speed (picking up two world titles along the way), Márquez arrived in the premier class in 2013 with a reputation as one to watch.
He started as he meant to go on, promptly cementing his legacy as a modern-day great by winning the title on his first attempt, aged just 20. This made him the first rider in over 30 years to win the title in their debut season, and the youngest ever to do so.
Since then, Márquez has been the rider to beat, picking up four more titles in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He missed out on the 2015 championship only after a crash forced him to miss a few races, gifting the eventual title winner Jorge Lorenzo a much needed lead.
As such, it’s difficult to find a more unfathomably consistent athlete across the world’s current crop of stars. Sure, champions of football, basketball, sprinting and bowls have all achieved some truly dizzying successes of late, but to do what Márquez has done, and all by the age of 25, is an achievement that’s sure to go down in history as one of the greatest.
Having also wrapped up his fifth crown with three races to spare, Marquez’s return to the sunny shores of his homeland for this weekend’s race in Valencia will no doubt be a joyous occasion, as he looks likely to add yet another winner’s trophy to his already almighty collection.
So, before the lights go out and the riders get racing, feast your eyes on some of the eye-watering facts behind his brief yet unbelievably successful time in the sport so far.
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