Marc Marquez's success story
Spanish motorcycle racer Marc Marquez shook the motorcycle racing world in 2013 when he emerged as the MotoGP world champion at the tender age of 20. He was also the first rookie racer who had won the championship since 1978, when American motorcycling legend Kenny Roberts
claimed his first Grand Prix
title. While he’s popular for his feat in premier motorcycle racing, it’s a lesser known fact that Marquez began his racing career in motocross.
Marquez raced his first motorcycle at the age of 4. He received a 50cc motorbike from his father and launched his racing career in motocross. He finished as a runner-up in the Motocross Catalan Championship at age 6, and then emerged as the champion of the same event at age 7 for his respective age groups.
Motocross may have been his first love, but Marquez soon migrated to track racing in 2002 when he took part in the Open RACC (Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia). While the concrete race tracks require a different set of skills and techniques compared to motocross, he seamlessly rode his way to the RACC championship on his first attempt. From that point on, Marquez climbed the ladder in elite motorcycle racing, starting with the Spanish Road Racing Championship in 2005 and the 125cc Motorcycle World Championship in 2008.
In 2011, Marquez moved to the Moto2 World Championship where he won the title of “Rookie of the Year.” While