Wednesday, May 1, 2013
After only two MotoGP ™ races, Marc Márquez has already set several records in the category and has achieved some new milestones.
With his victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas with only 20 years and 63 days, Marc Márquez became a few days ago the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix of MotoGP beating the record of Freddie Spencer, who was 20 years old and 196 days when he won the 500cc GP of Belgium in 1982 at Spa-Francorchamps.
The pole position achieved by Márquez in Austin at 20 years and 62 days also made him the youngest driver to qualify on the pole in the premier class, once again improving the Fast Freddie record.
Likewise, the victory in Austin makes Márquez the youngest driver in history in the 65-year history of the World Championship that he has won in three different categories. He broke that record to his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who achieved this milestone with 20 years and 227 days, when he won in China in 2006. Undoubtedly, the Lleida-born Repsol Honda has entered through the front door in the highest category of the Championship.
In addition to the mentioned, other of its achievements are:
– He is the first driver since Jorge Lorenzo (2008) who climbs to the podium in his first two races in the premier class.
– He is also the youngest driver to lead the World Championship (better Lorenzo in this section) despite having the same points as the current champion. Márquez is officially the leader – both have a victory and a third place – but Márquez is the winner of the race most recently disputed.
– Another record of precocity: He is the youngest to get two consecutive podiums in the category, an achievement that Randy Mamola owned since 1980.
– He has also registered his name as the youngest to get the fastest lap in the race. That is another record snatched from Freddie Spencer, who had signed the fastest lap in the Grand Prix of Nations played in Misano in 1982.
On the other hand, Márquez could get other precocity records this weekend in Jerez:
– Become the youngest driver to register two consecutive poles, a record held by Dani Pedrosa, who did it in China and France in 2006.
– Become the youngest driver to win two consecutive races in the premier class, which would break the current record in the hands of Freddie Spencer, who won the first two Grands Prix – in South Africa and France – in 1983.
– Become the youngest to get on the podium in three consecutive races, a record in the hands of Jorge Lorenzo, who managed to finish in the boxes of the first three races of his campaign as a rookie (and won his first victory in the third, in Portugal).