Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez Factory Repsol Honda Team #93 Spanish

2018 MotoGP World Champion

Marc Márquez Wins His Fifth MotoGP World Championship and Third Title In A Row

MotoGP World Champion 2013 2014 2016 2017 2018

Márquez "The Ant of Cervera"

Marc Márquez Alenta, Born in Cervera, Catalonia, Spain 17 February 1993, he is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and seven-time MotoGP world champion.

Márquez races for the Repsol Honda Factory team ever since his MotoGP debut in 2013. Nicknamed the "Ant of Cervera", he is one of four riders to have won world championship titles in three different categories, along side Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.

Career Highlights

2008 125cc First World Championship Race
125cc Márquez's First Podium - British Grand Prix
2010 125cc World Champion
2012 Moto2 World Champion
2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 MotoGP World Champion

Marc Márquez Racing Career So Far

Márquez Wins His First MotoGP In His First Year

Márquez won the 2010 125cc World Championship, the 2012 Moto2 World Championship and then the 2013, 2014, 2016 2017 and 2018 MotoGP World Championships.

Márquez became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the world MotoGP title overall.

He defended his title, winning the 2014 championship with three rounds to spare. During that title run Márquez won a staggering ten races in a row. Márquez equalled the all-time Grand Prix record for pole positions at the age of 23 in 2016.

Márquez also secured the 2016 title with three rounds to spare at Motegi.

Márquez Started World Championship Racing In 2008

Márquez made his championship debut on 13 April 2008 at the 125cc 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix at the age of 15 years and 56 days.

He is the youngest Spanish rider to take a pole position or a podium in a motorcycle racing world championships.

Márquez Racing 125

125cc World Championship

Márquez took his first podium on 22 June 2008 at the British Grand Prix. In 2009, as a factory KTM rider, at the French Grand Prix he took his first pole position at the age of 16 years and 89 days.

He also took pole for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix but the exhaust pipe fell off on the opening lap and went under the rear wheel, causing Márquez to crash and injure his shoulder.

His first win was on 6 June 2010 at Mugello. Further victories at Silverstone, Assen and Catalonia in the next three races made Márquez the youngest rider to win four successive races.

His fifth win in succession at the Sachsenring was Derbi's 100th victory in Grand Prix racing, and Márquez became the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 1997 to win five successive races in 125cc racing.

Four successive wins from Motegi onwards had moved Márquez into a 17-point lead over Terol with only one round to go. At Estoril, the race was red-flagged due to rain with Márquez running second to Terol.

When returning to the grid for the second race, Márquez fell on the sighting lap and had to return to the pits. With repairs, Márquez started at the back as he didn't get out before the field pit lane closed.

125 Racing Márquez fights with Bradley Smith

Despite this, Márquez still recovered to win the race and thus extend his lead before the Valencia finale. His tenth victory of the season moved him to within one of tying the record set by Rossi in 1997.

He would fall short as he was fourth at the final race in Valencia to become the second-youngest World Champion after Loris Capirossi.

Moto2 World Championship

Márquez In Moto2 Action

In 2011 Márquez moved up to the Moto2 class, the first of a two year deal.

He finished 21st in Portugal, before taking his first victory at the French Grand Prix. At his home race in Catalonia, Márquez finished second behind championship leader Stefan Bradl, before another fall at the Silverstone, having started from his first Moto2 pole position.

With Bradl taking his fourth victory in the first six races, Márquez trailed him by 82 points at the end of the weekend.

Márquez made a mid-season surge, winning six of the next seven races to move within six points of Bradl in the championship. He was less successful in the following races, dropping to third in the standings at one point behind Nicolas Terol and Pol Espargaró after being involved in an accident with Randy Krummenacher at the first corner at the Aragon Grand Prix.

In the Japanese Grand Prix, Márquez took his seventh pole position of the season but finished second to Andrea Iannone, but that finish combined with a fourth place for Bradl, allowed Márquez to take the championship lead by a point.

At the Australian Grand Prix, Márquez was involved in an incident with Ratthapark Wilairot during free practice, Márquez crashed into the back of Wilairot after the session had been concluded, and was given a one-minute time penalty added to his qualifying time for riding in an "irresponsible manner".

The penalty ensured Márquez would start the race from last on the grid, but he made his way through the field and eventually finished third.

Malaysian Grand Prix, Márquez's race weekend was hampered in the opening minutes of the first free practice session, as he crashed on a damp patch. After sitting out two further practice sessions, Márquez completed two laps in the qualifying session, but his times were only good enough for 36th on the grid. He did not start the race, as he failed a medical.

Márquez attended the final race of the season in Valencia, in the hope of being fit to compete, but withdrew due to his continued vision problems, giving Bradl the title.

In 2012, Márquez won the Moto2 championship title after a season long battle with fellow Spanish rider Pol Espargaró.

A third place finish for Márquez at the Australian Grand Prix, despite a win for Espargaró was enough to give him his second world title before moving into the premier class for 2013.

He took his last victory in the class at the Valencian Grand Prix, despite starting from 33rd on the grid. This performance, which implied overtaking 20 bikes on the first lap alone, meant the biggest comeback in the sport's history.

He finished the season with nine race wins, setting a record for the class that still stands today.

MotoGP World Championship 2013 To Present

2013 Márquez Moves Up To MotoGP With Repsol Honda

Márquez Makes An Impressive MotoGP Start

Márquez tested the Honda RC213V for the first time in Valencia after the end of 2012 championships lapping just over a second slower than his team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa who topped the time sheets.

Márquez was again impressive during the first official MotoGP testing at Sepang where he finished the first two days of testing at third position just behind Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo and ahead of Valentino Rossi in fourth before swapping places with Rossi on the final day. Márquez also did a race simulation during the closing stages of the session and his timings were consistent and phenomenal for a rookie. Márquez continued his impressive form in the private test of Honda at Austin where he topped the timesheets all the three days.

MotoGP 2013 Season

Rossi and Márquez battle it out at Silverstone

Márquez started the season with a podium finish in Qatar. He qualified sixth and finished third behind Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

At the second round of the championship at the inaugural race at a new race track, the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, USA, Márquez beat his team-mate Dani Pedrosa and became the first winner at the new COTA track.

In doing this Márquez became the youngest ever MotoGP race winner at 20 years, 63 days, beating Freddie Spencer's 30-year-old record.

In Spain at the Jerez circuit, Márquez slipped off during the third free practice session without getting injured and qualified third fastest. Márquez finished the race in second behind team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

In France at the famous Le Mans race circuit, Márquez took the second pole of his thus far short MotoGP career, 0.03 seconds ahead of Lorenzo. In the race Márquez had a bad start, however by mid-race he progressed forward. Márquez overtook Andrea Dovizioso with only two laps to go in the race to claim his fourth podium finish in as many races, tying with Max Biaggi's record from 1998.

Márquez endured a tough weekend at Mugello after crashing his Repsol Honda several times during the weekend. In the first free practise on Friday morning Márquez crashed and then again on the Friday afternoon. He had a third crash on Saturday morning free practice. He qualified on the second row for the race. He suffered his fourth crash of the weekend with only three laps to go in the race. His first non-finish since joining the premier class.

At the Catalunya Grand Prix in Spain, Márquez finished the race in 3rd place.

Next in the Netherlands at the renowned Assen circuit, Márquez suffered a huge highside in morning practice causing small fractures of his little finger on his right hand and also his left big toe. He still competed in the race and finished in a credible third place.

At the Sachsenring German circuit, following injuries to main rivals Pedrosa and Lorenzo, Márquez took his third MotoGP pole position. After an average start he worked his way to take the lead by the end of lap five. He opened up a gap and was never again headed despite a strong late race charge from Cal Crutchlow, to win by 1.5 seconds.

Over to America again and at Laguna Seca for the second of the three USA races. To pass race leader Valentino Rossi, Márquez replicated the overtake at the notorious "Corkscrew", - the same corner that Rossi made the 'off-track' pass on Casey Stoner back in 2008.

With that daring pass, Márquez won the Laguna Seca race, his third race of the year to extend his championship lead to 16 points over Dani Pedrosa.

At Indianapolis Motor-Speedway, Márquez grabbed pole position by 0.5 seconds from Jorge Lorenzo. In the race Márquez made an average get away and dropped behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa. On lap 12 Márquez made a pass on Lorenzo for the lead, Lorenzo and Pedrosa were able to keep pace with Márquez for a few laps but towards the latter stages the gap opened out and Márquez took his fourth win of the year by just over 3 seconds.

In the Czech Republic at Brno, the race saw an intense battle between Márquez and Lorenzo. Lorenzo made a great start off the line and led the race at the first corner. The pair proceeded to swap places several times, with Márquez's final pass coming at Turn 3 with just under four laps to go.

Márquez became the first rider to win four consecutive races since Valentino Rossi in 2008.

Márquez battles with Lorenzo at Silverstone in the 2013 British Grand Prix

Over to Great Britain and at Silverstone, during Sunday morning warm up, Márquez crashed his bike once more and dislocated his shoulder in the impact.

Never-the-less, Márquez lined up for the race. In an epic race, which was a fight between Márquez and Yamaha's Lorenzo. In the early laps they pulled away from the rest of the field. In the final laps the two front runners were still swapping places and paint, as in the photo.

At Misano in Italy, Márquez fought with Lorenzo again

Márquez was fastest in qualifying once again by over half a second from Lorenzo to claim pole position. Márquez finished the race in second place behind Lorenzo.

In Spain at Aragon, Márquez started from pole for the seventh time in 2013. Again Márquez lost the lead to Lorenzo in the first corner. Márquez found himself 2 seconds behind Lorenzo but soon caught up with Lorenzo and eventually crossed the line over one second ahead of Lorenzo to record his sixth victory of the season.

Márquez scoring 278 points with four races left, 39 points ahead of second Lorenzo.

At the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Márquez took his fourth consecutive pole position. In the race Márquez made another poor start and was fighting with Rossi for third and fourth places in the first few laps of the race. Márquez just managed to finish the race in second place.

Márquez Disqualified

Come in #93. The black flag is raised to end Márquez's race

At Phillip Island in Australia, Márquez was disqualified from the race due to a mix up in the garage which failed to bring him in to change tyres in time, as the heat caused excessive tyre wear. So as a precaution Race Direction said all riders had to change tyres half way through the race. This exclusion reduced his championship lead over Lorenzo, who won the race, from 43 points to 18 with two rounds to go.

Motegi Crash Hampers

In Japan at Motegi, Márquez recovered from a heavy fall on race day morning to finish second behind Lorenzo. The result trimmed his championship lead down to 13 points, meaning a fourth place finish at Valencia would be sufficient to crown him champion even if Lorenzo won.

Márquez started the race on pole, but had a bad start, and dropped to third. Márquez then let Dani Pedrosa do most of the early attacking on Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo then pushed on after a scare slide to win the race, Pedrosa and Márquez came second and third respectively, which was enough for Márquez to become champion, the youngest in series history.

Lorenzo Wins Pedrosa Second Márquez Third and Wins His First MotoGP World Title

2014 MotoGP Season

Márquez Breaks A Leg

The 2014 season started well for Márquez producing fastest times on all three days of the first Malaysian test.

He then suffered a broken right leg and was unable to take part in the second Malaysian test or the Phillip Island tyre test.

Win Number Two At COTA In The USA GP For Márquez

Six Poles And Six Wins To Start The Season

The first race of the season was held at Losail in Qatar. Márquez progressed steadily through the events practice sessions and showed strong pace on Saturday afternoon to take pole position.

During the race he made an average start dropping to fourth place on lap one, Márquez gradually worked his way to the front of the race and enduring a tense battle with Valentino Rossi for the second half of the race, ultimately winning by 0.259 seconds.

He also went on to win the next five rounds in COTA, Texas, Argentina, Spain, France, and Italy, all from pole position.

Back in Spain at the Catalan Grand Prix, Márquez failed to take pole position, qualifying third after crashing during the session. After holding off attacks from team-mate Pedrosa, and Yamaha pairing Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi, Márquez was able to win his seventh race in a row, extending his championship lead to 58 points over Rossi.

With younger brother Álex winning the earlier Moto3 race, the Márquez brothers became the first siblings to win Grand Prix world championship races on the same day. The brothers repeated the feat at the Dutch TT two weeks later.

His Winning Streak Continues

At the German Grand Prix, Márquez again won the race, thereby becoming the youngest rider to win nine races in a row in the premier class.

Ten Out Of Ten

A Very Impressive Márquez makes it Ten wins out of Ten starts in the Indianapolis Race

With a tenth successive victory coming at Indianapolis, Márquez became the third rider to achieve such a feat in the premier class, after Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini.

Then A Couple Of Crashes

Márquez suffered his first defeat of the season at Brno, then won the following British GP race at Silverstone, defeating Jorge Lorenzo.

At Misano, Márquez crashed while battling for the race lead with Valentino Rossi, he slid off and remounted. With a last-lap retirement for Aleix Espargaró, he was able to score one championship point.

In Spain Márquez and Pedrosa crashed in heavy rain late in the race at Aragon and finished 13th and 14th, with Lorenzo winning his first race of the year after he stopped earlier from third position to change to his wet-setup Yamaha.

Márquez clinched his second title at Motegi with three rounds remaining with A Total Of Thirteen Márquez Wins

In Australia at Phillip Island, Márquez took his 12th pole position of the season, matching Casey Stoner's record from 2011, but he crashed out while leading the race, his first non-finish since the 2013 Italian Grand Prix.

At Sepang in Malaysia, Márquez broke Stoner's record, with his 13th pole position of the season and his 50th Grand Prix pole position.

He took his twelfth win of the season, matching Mick Doohan's record of most premier class victories in a single season, from 1997. Márquez's result was also good enough for Honda to claim the manufacturers' championship, with a race to spare.

At the final race in Valencia, Márquez broke Doohan's record, with his 13th win of the season.

2015 MotoGP Season

Márquez gets a new Repsol Honda for 2015

He Started Favourite For The 2015 Title

The 2015 MotoGP season started off with Márquez, once again, being the favourite to take the Championship, but he started slowly with a fifth place finish in Qatar, after a mistake at Turn 1 dropped him to the back of the 25 rider field.

Márquez makes a mistake in the Qatar race

He won the second race of the season in Texas, his third successive triumph at the COTA, the Circuit of the Americas.

In Argentina, Márquez, started from pole position, and then led the race with a lead of four seconds. However, Valentino Rossi closed the gap and on lap 22 caught up to Márquez. The two riders made contact at Turn 5 with two laps remaining, with Márquez going down and out of the race getting his first non-finish since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

Márquez hits the track after a coming together with race winner Rossi

In A Motocross Crash He Fractures His Finger

He finished second behind Jorge Lorenzo in Spain, despite riding with a fractured finger on his left hand after a Motocross training accident, a week before the race.

In France, Márquez took his third pole position of the season, but dropped down to seventh place at the start. He overtook Cal Crutchlow, who crashed out of the race, and on lap 22, Márquez struggled during a hard battle for fourth place with Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone, who was riding despite his injured left shoulder and finally Márquez finished in fourth place ahead of Iannone.

Márquez failed to finish the races in Italy and Catalunya, but returned to the podium with a second place finish at Assen, after a race long battle with Rossi.

Fifty Grand Prix Wins

Márquez took successive victories in Germany, and Indianapolis, before finishing second at Brno.

Márquez crashed out at Silverstone in wet conditions, then won at Misano.

Márquez found it difficult in the British GP eventually he pushed too hard and ended in the gravel trap. He again crashed out at MotorLand Aragon, and a fourth place finish in Motegi ended his hopes of retaining the title.

In his 130th start, with a last lap pass on Lorenzo at Philip Island in the Australian Grand Prix.

Márquez won his 50th Grand Prix win becoming the ninth rider to reach that mark, and the youngest to do so, at 22 years, 243 days.

Márquez crashed out in Malaysia after a collision with Valentino Rossi.

A Coming Together With Rossi In The Sepang Race Down goes Márquez

The incident was reviewed by Race Direction after the race, where Rossi was given three penalty points - enough to enforce him to start from the back of the grid for the final race in Valencia. Rossi protested his innocence. And afterwards said that Márquez had been unnecessarily hassling him to help his fellow Spaniard Lorenzo.

In Valencia, Rossi needed to win to take the title. Valiantly working his way to finish fourth.

Márquez finished second to Lorenzo, with Lorenzo taking the world title.

2016 MotoGP Season

A Third And A Win To Start With

Having started off the year with a third in Qatar and a win in the flag to flag Argentina race, frantic due to tyre problems.

It was a frantic flag-to-flag race in which the riders had to switch bikes, due to concerns over the life span of the Michelin tyres. Michelin withdrew both of its planned rear tyre compounds on safety grounds following a scary crash for Scott Redding during the final practice.

Márquez Wins again in COTA

Márquez made it two wins in a row with a dominant performance at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas with 6 second win over Lorenzo to claim an early championship lead.

The first European race was held in Jerez in Spain was the first real test of Márquez' new mentality of patience and he proved it by finishing third in his home Grand Prix behind the Yamaha men, Rossi and Lorenzo.

Le Mans wasn't a good race for Márquez as Honda suffered with lack of acceleration. So to make up he pushed in braking zones to try to stay in podium battle.

However, Márquez could only manage thirteenth after a crash with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso in turn 7 with thirteen laps remaining in the race.

Three Seconds In The Next Three Races Then Back To Winning Ways

After the bad result in France, Márquez and his team worked hard to improve the results and maintain the leadership in the championship.

Their work paid off and gave them three second places in the next three races, the Italian Grand Prix, Spanish Grand Prix, and Dutch TT

Márquez leads the gaggle of riders in the wet at Sachsenring

In the wet Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring he managed to get the win that had eluded him for so long.

After these four good results, he dropped down with a fifth position at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, followed by a third position in Brno and two fourth positions at Silverstone and Misano.

Aragon Winning Again

Then came the Aragon Grand Prix. Márquez said he felt really comfortable. He thought this circuit suits his riding style better and proved it by winning the race.

The Title Secured

Márquez clinched his third MotoGP title and fifth world title overall at Motegi, Japan with three rounds remaining after Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the race.

Márquez' team created a T-shirt with the logo "Give me five" to celebrate his fifth world title overall.

The last three races were at Australia, Malaysia and Valencia.

Márquez slides out of the race in Australia

Two More Crashes

At Philip Island, the Australian Grand Prix he crashed out of the race while leading.

At Sepang he also crashed while chasing the leading trio in the Malaysian Grand Prix in tricky wet conditions but remounted the bike and finished in 11th position adding 5 more points to his points tally.

Márquez Goes Down And Out Márquez crashes out of Sepang race

The newly crowned champion Marc Márquez accepted he was responsible for his crash in Australia. Márquez had built up a lead of three seconds. Then he crashed at Turn 4 on lap 10.

He said...

"If I had been fighting for the title it would've been an entirely different race, as I wouldn't have risked so much.

"It was completely my mistake, during the whole season I've been very careful on the braking points and this time I risked more so this crash.

"Today I started strong because I knew I had to make a difference at the beginning.

"I was maintaining the distance, but at one of the hard braking points I braked too late and instead of taking a wider line, which is what I had been doing I tried to keep going."

The Race Winner was Cal Crutchlow with Valentino Rossi second and third Maverick Viñales

Márquez finished the 2016 season with a second place at the Valencian Grand Prix, after struggling to get past the likes of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone in the first part of the race.

Márquez managed to break away from them in the second half of the race and he began cutting down the gap to the race leader Jorge Lorenzo lap by lap which proved futile as the race drew to a close with Lorenzo crossing the finish line a second ahead of him.

2017 MotoGP Season

Another COTA Domination Flanked By Two Crashes

Márquez started the 2017 season with a 4th place finish in Qatar, followed by a crash while leading in Argentina.

He took his first win of the year in the USA at COTA in Texas. This was followed by second place behind team-mate Pedrosa at Jerez.

He then suffered a second crash of the season in France, again while leading.

Struggles With The Honda

This was followed by a disappointing 6th place finish at Mugello, he struggled in both races with the Honda's lack of acceleration out of the corners.

He finished second in Catalunya, despite suffering several crashes through practice and qualifying.

He then took another podium finish in the Netherlands, beating Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow in a close battle at the end of the Assen race.

Another Sachsenring Domination And Then Back-To-Back Wins

However, from then onwards fortunes started to swing in Marc's favour, taking his eighth consecutive victory at the Sachsenring in Germany, at the same time taking the lead of the championship.

He then scored back-to-back victories in the Czech Republic, after outfoxing his rivals by pitting early for slick tires on a drying track.

A week later in Austria he narrowly lost out to Dovizioso in a thrilling race.

He then suffered a rare engine failure at Silverstone, while Dovizioso took another victory, leaving the pair tied on points.

Márquez missed out on sealing the title in Malaysia, finishing fourth while Dovi won, meaning the title would go to the last round in Valencia.

More Back-To-Back Wins At Aragon And Misano

He then retaliated by taking back-to-back wins. First in a wet race in Misano, and then at his home race at Aragon.

Dovizioso and Márquez battle it out in Japan

In Japan, he was again beaten in a last lap fight by Dovizioso, in a similar situation to Austria, but won a week later in Australia, in what many felt was one of the greatest races in recent years, while Dovizioso finished 13th after running off track.

Márquez started the Valencian race from pole.

He miraculously avoided crashing after a dramatic save at turn one, dropping from 1st to fifth position.

However, moments later Dovizioso crashed at turn eight, immediately handing Marc his sixth world title, the youngest ever rider to achieve this feat.

Marc Márquez 2018 Season Review

In 2018 Márquez Took His Seventh MotoGP World Title his fifth premier class trophy in the space of just six years, setting new records along the way.

For 2018 was a year which was quite competitive in MotoGP. In five races this year the top 15, the points scorers were covered by the closest margins in history, as the machines and riders converged in closest wheel-to-wheel, fairing-to-fairing season long battles.

Nine wins and a 76 point advantage at the end of the season and with three races still to race, Márquez took his MotoGP fifth title in six years and a seventh across all classes.

During The 2018 Season Márquez Was Twice Accused Of 'Destroying' By His MotoGP Rivals

After Márquez knocked Rossi off in Argentina, Valentino Rossi claimed the Repsol Honda rider had "Destroyed our sport",

While his new team-mate to be, Jorge Lorenzo said "He destroyed my race and my foot" after a 'coming together' on the opening lap of the Aragon race.

Valid claims from both of them?

However Márquez DID Destroy In 2018

He destroyed the competition without mercy.

He out-raced them in a campaign almost reminiscent of his 2014 season victory.

In terms of opposition Ducati produced its most competitive Ducati Desmosedici GP18 yet, with Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo taking seven wins for them.

Dovizioso Challenged Márquez And Honda Responded

After Dovizioso challenged Márquez all through the season right to the final round of the 2017 season, ultimately coming in the runner-up spot, he came into 2018 as his chief challenger.

With a strong pre-season testing on his new Ducati GP18, it did nothing to end such predictions.

Indeed Honda responded over the winter by building a more user-friendly race bike. Also the engine was more versatile and produced a wide power range which was a great help to all their riders.

Márquez was able to win on two Hondas which were hard to manage.

Márquez had been able to take two RC213Vs which were a little bit difficult to manage to win two titles in previous years.

Yamaha brought forward their mistakes from 2016 and struggled throughout the 2018 season with electronics and drive problems which hounded them all year long.

Several difficult circuits hindered Dovizioso last year gave the Spaniard just enough to get the better of his rival to take the 2017 title.

Honda's main area of improvement.

The main area of the Honda's improvement was the engine. A switch to a big-bang firing order for 2017 took a period of adjustment, but by the second half of the season Márquez was a force to be reckoned with.

Honda Delivered With Further Improvements Throughout The Year.

The Start Of The 2018 MotoGP Season

Dovizioso wins at Qatar

At the start of the season, Dovizioso narrowly won at Qatar and he knew then the upturn of performance from Honda and Márquez at a circuit where the partnership had previously been less-than-outstanding, was a concern.

Márquez's Argentina Disastrous Race

Argentina was a race where everything seemed to go wrong for Márquez.

Right from the start he managed to stall his Honda lining up on the grid. This meant he should have started from pit lane, but he didn't. For that he got a ride through penalty in the race.

He came in for the penalty in the Rio de Tormas Hondo circuit race. But came out a Mad Márquez.

After his ride through penalty, which did not handicap him for long. If not it made him more determined and ruthless to catch the leaders at all costs. It was an angry Márquez who bashed his way through the field in the tricky conditions.

Unfortunately, he pushed and shoved his way by several riders, causing them to either go off the track or almost crash, with some, they did. He managed to knock a very disgruntled Rossi off in the process.

Which was his downfall. After the race he was given a penalty for dangerous riding and pushed out of the points. A lesson he needed to learn.

Márquez Dominated the COTA race in the USA Again

Another win at COTA, (Circuit of the Americas), Márquez again was unbeatable. He has won every MotoGP race at this circuit.

From the US in Texas to Le Mans, he was unstoppable.

At Mugello another reckless riding stint caused him to crash out, although this was only a minor set-back, as he went onto finish second at Catalunya before taking back-to-back wins at Assen in the Netherlands and the Sachsenring in Germany to take a healthy 46 point lead into the summer break.

Dovi's Decisive Crashes - Dovi Looses B I G

Dovizioso had too many crashes during the year.

At Le Mans moments after taking the lead he promptly lost the front and bit the dust. Two rounds later in the Catalunya GP, Barcelona, he hit the deck again while in a threatening third.

At Jerez he was taken out by his Lorenzo while battling for the podium with Márquez's Honda stable-mate Dani Pedrosa and his team-mate Lorenzo.

In one swoop, 61 points were lost by the Ducati rider. At the summer break, he could have been just 15 behind instead of the 77.

In Japan at the Twin-Ring Motegi Circuit, while challenging for the lead Dovizioso slid off, handing Márquez the victory and the 2018 Championship.

After nine races the title fight was already won. Those crashes could have cost Dovi the title.

Márquez And Dovi Equal

From the Czech Republic through to Thailand, Dovizioso and Márquez both scored 106 points, with two wins, two seconds and a third each.

It was a very close battle in Thailand

Going to Japan, Márquez's advantage would have been only the 16 instead of the 77 that separated them.

In the Last Four Races Márquez Wins Two - Dovizioso One

Márquez and Dovizioso in a fierce battle in Japan

Márquez had two non-finishes in the last four races and won the other two.

Dovizioso crashed while challenging Márquez for the lead in the Motegi race.

Dovizioso managed third in Australia, a sixth in Malaysia and won the finale at Valencia. He won the final race as Márquez slid off in the horrendous wet conditions at Valencia.

Even without Dovi's trio of early-season crashes, Márquez could not have been caught by the Ducati man, who called the Spaniard's season campaign as "special".

In a normal season, that is an impressive fact.

Márquez Takes The 2018 Title With Three Races To Go

He secured his fifth MotoGP title in six years at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan

Márquez won the Japanese GP at Motegi on the Sunday to create enough of a points difference from the Italians Andrea Dovizioso and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi to win his fifth MotoGP title at the age of 25.

The Spaniard has now won seven world titles, including his 2010 125cc and 2012 Moto2 Championships. He is two behind Rossi in the all-time 500cc/MotoGP standings and three to equal Giacomo Agostini.

Márquez throughout the year found his shoulder dislocation causing him a problem.

An injury which he sustained during training earlier in the year meant at times he was not riding to his full potential.

Márquez said in an interview

"This year I dislocated the shoulder at the start of the season while training at home, with the motorbike,

"Then again at the circuits with some crashes, and then every time it was dislocating easier. I lost a lot of time from my training, and it's true in the last part of the season, the second part of the season, it was on the limit."

Márquez battled with his left shoulder injury for the second half of the year. He kept his injury quiet for most of the season, though it became plainly obvious in Valencia when he dislocated it twice in crashes in qualifying and the race that something was wrong.

It has since been operated on, and rehabilitation is underway.

Surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir, who operated on Márquez, expressed his amazement at the champion's achievements.

Dr. Mir told Spanish news agency Marca

"I do not understand how he managed to win the world championship with such an injury, it is to his credit that he won, as his injury was very complicated."

Honda Made A Step Forward

Honda made an obvious step forward with the RC213V this year, it clearly has progressed to make this year's Honda a more completely user-friendly machine.

LCR's Cal Crutchlow was the only non factory rider to win for Honda this year, in the unusual Argentine race. During the season Crutchlow managed two more rostrums.

Pedrosa Bows Out Without A Win.

In Dani Pedrosa's final MotoGP season, he could not get near to a podium position, his best result being a fifth. It was his first season that he did not win a MotoGP race.

Ducati's Best Yet GP-18

Factory Ducati riders took seven wins with their best yet GP-18 with Dovizioso and Lorenzo along with Danilo Petrucci on the Alma Pramac GP18 taking seven podiums.

Yamaha's Worst Season

Even the Factory Movistar Yamaha, in one of its worst seasons of the four-stroke era, managed only one win but had more podiums than Honda, with Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi combining with nine.

Suzuki's Best Season

The Ecstar Suzuki pair, Álex Rins and Andrea Iannone had the Japanese factory's best year since returning to MotoGP.

The Honda RC213V Was The Best Bike

Perhaps the Factory Ducati was the best Ducati GP18 this year. But Honda had something that could match it consistently in the hands of Márquez.

This year, the Honda RC213V was the best bike that it has been for some years, even so, and despite his on-going shoulder injury plus the stiff opposition, Márquez managed to comfortably win the MotoGP title for three years in a row. So a pretty decisive, convincing and conclusive year all-in-all for the Champion Márquez

Márquez Made The Difference - Márquez A Legend In The Making

Legends Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts do battle back in 1978. Between them they took five World 500cc Championships

Five-time World Champion Mick Doohan took all of his 500cc titles on Hondas before a horror leg injury suffered in 1992 halted his successful career.

Kenny Roberts won his three-successive 500cc crowns in his first three years in Grand Prix on Yamahas. Britain's Barry Sheene won two world titles with Suzuki.

They are all are rightfully MotoGP legends.

Márquez follows in theses former hero's footsteps or tyre tracks and is definitely a legend in the making.

Márquez Away From The Track

When he is not at a race meeting or when he's not on promotional activities for Honda and Repsol and also his personal sponsors, he is training and is always found on a motorbike with his friends. He does make time to 'wind down' and enjoy life. He enjoys travelling, discovering new cities, looking round the shops and town centres. Also going to the beach with his friends, swimming and riding his jet ski.

Márquez is a gladiator on track, but what is Márquez afraid of?

Crashing at 200+mph? Serious injury?

At Silverstone last year I asked Marc What are you afraid of? Crashing at nearly 210mph?

Marc had this to say

"Yes, I know we go very fast, that doesn't bother me at all, to be honest, crashing - I don't think about it, I've done it so many times now, it's like it's part of the job something I don't want to do but it is expected. When you are on the limit, it is easy to go over and sometimes loose it."

I see, well if that doesn't scare you, what does?

"Well, I am still really scared of the sea and it is impossible for me to go on a boat!

"I do enjoy going on a jet ski, that's fun! But we don't go out very far, so it's alright."

Marc enjoying a day out on a jet ski

"If I am on a beach and the water is really clear and calm and I can see the bottom and what is all around then it is not a problem.

"But when I go out a bit further and it gets very deep then I get scared. I keep thinking something is going to come and take me!

"Sometimes Dani asks me to go on his boat, I do, but I worry if we have an accident or something, then I might drown!"

The Márquez Family

Márquez's Father Mother and Brother

His father Julia Márquez, Marc, Álex and mother Roser Alenta

Márquez father, Julia or Julio as he's called, is always in the Factory Repsol Honda garage at all the race meetings. Supporting Marc and his younger brother Álex, who is a fore-runner in the Moto2 Championship.

Marc spends a lot of time with his family when he's not racing. He goes training with his brother, Álex, in the gym or on a motorbike.

Marc Helps Around The House

Marc helps his mother, Roser, in the kitchen with the cooking! Although she says she makes a better job when he's not there!

When it's time to eat at the Márquez home, Marc sets the table, one of his duties in the family routine, then afterwards Álex clears the table. Just another ordinary family

The "Márquezes" are "ordinary" people and, at home, life goes on as it used to be.

Father, Julia Márquez and mother Roser Alenta, still live in the same small house in Cervera (a village of 10,000 residents, near Catalunya), where their sons, Marc and Álex, grew up.

When the lads stay there, they still share the same room and sleep in bunk beds that they make up themselves.

Marc is also very close to his grand father and visits him as often as he can.

Marc Márquez And His Brother

Marc And Álex Márquez - Are Close Brothers

What Marc said about Álex

"We get on well and I am proud of my brother Álex, he is a good rider and good company and a good friend.

"We do a lot of things together like training, last year we did a charity run together. Went on holiday together and also visiting our family and places together

"Also if I am having a tough weekend, he will come to me and give me some encouragement and support. And I do the same for him."

Marc Márquez Alenta Born in Cervera 17 February 1993 in Catalonia, Spain

Marc's Childhood

Marc's love for motorbikes came at an early age. His father got him a mini-bike when he was four and he's been hooked ever since.

He was an ordinary school boy, he was quite popular at school with many school friends. Although he was at mixed schools, he wasn't interested in girls at all. He was an average good student but he says he was always thinking of motorbikes and riding them, as well as the motorbike racing. Always watching his idols Rossi and Doohan racing on TV and going to bike race meetings with his family.

A young Marc meets his hero Valentino Rossi

His childhood hero was Mick Doohan and, like for many MotoGP fans, Valentino Rossi. He met the Italian legend when he was nine years old.

Marc Márquez Interview

What About Marc And His Girl Friends?

At the moment Marc says, with a cheeky smile, that he is not dating anyone.

Now, we are not completely sure about his current romantic status at the moment, but, either he is riding solo (pun intended) or he is super private and tight lip about his personal life!

After winning his first world championship, when asked in 2014 about a girl friend, Marc Márquez said

"I prefer bikes to girls!"

The Spanish gossip press printed these photos of Marc with pretty girls. When I asked who they are, he just shrugged it off and said oh just friends!

They look awfully close to be "just friends!"

Although he has been photographed with a few girls out at night over the years. Marc has yet to admit having a girl friend. The Spanish gossip magazines are always looking for Marc out on a date!

When I asked Marc about girl-friends he smiled and said

"Well, I'm not seeing anyone at the moment. I did go out with a few girls over the last couple of years, but nothing serious.

"I want to concentrate on my racing and my fitness routine. Also I am so busy now, with my commitments with Honda and Repsol, my sponsors and other racing related commitments, so really I don't have that much time for a serious relationship.

When asked back in 2014

"If you could take any girl out in the world on a date, who would it be?"

He said

"I am going to say my mum! and then I can stay out of trouble!"

However this time, I asked him "Marc, If you could take any girl out in the world on a date, who would it be?" and his reply was somewhat different!

"I'm not saying! There are one or two I could take out!" he said laughing with a cheeky grin.

In the past he has been seen with the model Sara Carbonero

So who is this Sara Carbonero?

"She is truly a gorgeous female I'd love to go on date with her again." said Marc with a big smile.

Well, she is an absolutely beautiful Spanish celebrity. She has green eyes, tan skin and perfect figure which make her an amazing model and actress.

She is also a news reporter who worked on television for several years.

"Again"?!!! You said?

Interesting do tell us more

He said

"Well, I did spend an evening with Sara, which was really great.

"Unfortunately with my commitments and her busy life it is difficult to fit our times together. So not much came of it, we're still friends and we met by chance again over the Christmas period.

"Otherwise, my Honda is my girl friend! and I love taking her out! Even if she does hurt me sometimes!"

There have been other girls that Marc has been reported on seeing, if you believe what they write in the Spanish gossip press, but when I asked him, he said it's all gossip

"I only have to chat with a girl and they write that she's my new girl friend! It makes me laugh when I read it."

What about the future I asked Marc He replied

"Of course, one day I want to settle down, have a wife and kids, but that is a long way from now. I still have a lot more I want to do and achieve with my racing.

"And like Valentino, I will carry on racing as long as I am competitive and it is fun for me."

Finally I asked Marc what he hopes for in this New Year

He told me

"Firstly I hope that all my family stay healthy, especially my mom and dad, brother and my grand father.

"I hope that my brother and all my competitors are safe without serious injury during this year and I hope for more close battles and of course a successful end to another season."

Thank you Marc for sparing the time it's been very interesting

"And thank you too, I've enjoyed it"

Márquez Starts 2019 Season As The Title Favourite

How will his rivals perform? Where will his biggest challenge come from?

Could Dovizioso make it his year to depose the current champion?

Will Lorenzo get to grips with his new Honda steed to be a championship threat?

Have Yamaha they sorted out the problems that plagued them during 2018 to be competitive once again?

If so could Rossi mount a serious attack for his elusive tenth title? Or will his team-mate be more consistent to rival the title chasers? How will the Suzukis perform after their best season in MotoGP since their return?

Can Cal Crutchlow the LCR Castrol satellite Factory Honda rider, be in the hunt for taking some wins?

It is going to be close, with so many top riders able to win.

The MotoGP riders start testing in February 6th at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Then they go to Qatar for the 23rd of February for the MotoGP Test at the Losail International Circuit at Doha.

We have to wait until 10th of March for the first race the Grand Prix of Qatar, at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

The 2019 MotoGP year looks like it will be another exciting season already.

The Racers will all be fighting it out again and there'll be some very close racing again Will Márquez take another Championship?

With so many racers having made their mark in the four test days thus far and the new riders have settled into their new teams now.

We will have to see how the new season unfolds, for sure it will be close and exciting to watch.

In MotoGP nothing goes as expected, there will be some surprises and upsets. With MotoGP one thing is certain, nothing is certain!

My 2018 Race Of The Year

Assen Action

My race of 2018 was the Assen race, with so many overtakes, lots of bumping and fairing bashing to a dramatic end.

Many riders took the lead. Eventual winner Márquez got to the front of the many riders all in striking distance to the very end of the race.

Rossi had a brief spell at the front in the Assen race

Márquez held it to the end despite strong challenges from Dovizioso, Rins, Viñales and Rossi. With so much action throughout the race, there were so many overtakes. Riders bashing, pushing and shoving. So many overtakes, many changes of the lead, Fights all race long, it was a race with everything in

That's what made it my race of the year.

Márquez's 2018 Season Race Results

Grand Prix Of Qatar
Race 1 Second
Sunday 18 March Doha, Losail International Circuit

1 Andrea Dovizioso
2 Marc Márquez
3 Valentino Rossi

Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina
Race 2 18th
Sunday 8 April
Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina

1 Cal Crutchlow
2 Johann Zarco
3 Álex Rins

Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
Race 3 Won
Sunday 22 April
Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

1 Marc Márquez
2 Maverick Viñales
3 Andrea Iannone

Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Race 4 Won
Sunday 6 May
Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana Circuito de Jerez

1 Marc Márquez
2 Johann Zarco
3 Andrea Iannone

HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France
Race 5 Won
Sunday 20 May
HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France

1 Marc Márquez
2 Danilo Petrucci
3 Valentino Rossi

Gran Premio d Italia Oakley
Race 6 16th
Sunday 3 June
Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley Mugello

1 Jorge Lorenzo
2 Andrea Dovizioso
3 Valentino Rossi

Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
Race 7 Second
Sunday 17 June
del Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

1 Jorge Lorenzo
2 Marc Márquez
3 Valentino Rossi

Motul TT Assen
Race 8 Won
Sunday 1 July
Motul TT Assen TT Circuit

1 Marc Márquez
2 Álex Rins
3 Maverick Viñales

Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Race 9 Won
Sunday 12 July
Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix

1 Marc Márquez
2 Valentino Rossi
3 Maverick Viñales

Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky
Race 10 Third
Sunday 5 August
Monster Energy Grand Prix
Ceske Republiky Brno

1 Andrea Dovizioso
2 Jorge Lorenzo
3 Marc Márquez

Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich
Race 11 Second
Sunday 12 August
Eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich Red Bull Ring

1 Jorge Lorenzo
2 Marc Márquez
3 Andrea Dovizioso

GoPro British Grand Prix
Race 12
Sunday 26 August
GoPro British Grand Prix England
Race Cancelled Due to Dangerous Track Conditions

Gran Premio Octo Di San Marino
Race 13 Second
Sunday 9 September
Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini Italy

1 Andrea Dovizioso
2 Marc Márquez
3 Cal Crutchlow

Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon
Race 14 Won
Sunday 23 September
Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon

1 Marc Márquez
2 Andrea Dovizioso
3 Andrea Iannone

Thailand Grand Prix
Race 15 Won
Sunday 7 October
Thailand Grand Prix

1 Marc Márquez
2 Andrea Dovizioso
3 Maverick Viñales

Motul Grand Prix of Japan
Race 16 Won
Sunday 21 October
Motul Grand Prix of Japan

1 Marc Márquez
2 Cal Crutchlow
3 Álex Rins

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Race 17 Did Not Finish
Márquez was an innocent rider in the coming together with Zarco
Sunday 28 October
Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Australia

1 Maverick Viñales
2 Andrea Iannone
3 Andrea Dovizioso

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
Race 18 Won
Sunday 4 November
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

1 Marc Márquez
2 Álex Rins
3 Johann Zarco

Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
The Final, Race 19
Did not finish
Dovizioso won the final race as Márquez slid off in the dreadful wet conditions.

Márquez crashed out of the first race before it was red-flagged and was unable to re-start.
Sunday 18 November
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Spain

1 Andrea Dovizioso
2 Álex Rins
3 Pol Espargaró

Marc Márquez fact file:

Age: 26 (in 2019)
2010 125cc World Champion
2012 Moto2 World Champion
MotoGP debut: 2013
MotoGP team: Repsol Honda
Third place in MotoGP debut at 2013 Qatar Grand Prix
First MotoGP title: 2013 with six wins and 334 points
Overall MotoGP titles: 5
MotoGP pole positions: 52
MotoGP victories: 44
MotoGP podiums: 77
First MotoGP podium 2013 Qatar
First MotoGP victory 2013 COTA USA

- Roland Potter