What were you doing at age 26?
Pose that question to Marc Marquez and you’ll find seven world titles and 199 Grand Prix starts.
The baby-faced world champion will crack the double century of Grand Prix starts this weekend at Aragon, 11 years after he made his world championship debut.
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Very few motorsport fans wouldn’t know of Marquez’s exploits this decade, with the Spaniard the custodian of five (perhaps six in a month’s time) premier class crowns along with 125cc (2010) and Moto2 (2012) titles.
The journey began for Marquez at the 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix, where he made his 125cc debut as a 15-year-old. He finished 18th after starting 26th, before going on to score first world championship points at just his second race in China.
Marquez had to wait until 2010 for his first win, taken at the Italian Grand Prix. However, he would claim another nine victories that season en route to the 125cc crown.
If you want to gauge just how successful Marquez has been this decade, then consider this — he has never finished outside the top three in the championship since his 125cc-winning year in 2010.
An eighth world title is but a formality in 2019 with the Repsol Honda rider leading the standings by 93 points As the #93 returns to a favourite stomping ground this weekend, it seems only a matter of time before the records continue to tumble.
Marquez has claimed more premier class wins (4) than any other rider at MotorLand Aragon. He has also taken pole twice.
Last weekend’s San Marino thriller marked his 77th Grand Prix victory, moving Marquez past Mike Hailwood’s 76. Just Giacomo Agostini (122), Valentino Rossi (115) and Angel Nieto (90) are ahead.
Is Marquez slowing down? Hardly — if anything, he’s barely scratching the surface, having celebrated defeating rookie Fabio Quartararo in Misano like he had won his first ever race.
Looking to Aragon, near where the championship leader was born in Cervera, Marquez just wants to sink his teeth into another race weekend, regardless of whether it’s his first or 200th.
“After a fantastic win in Misano I am excited to race again, especially in Aragon where I really feel like I am at home as it is so close to Cervera,” he said.
“It’s where the most people from my hometown come to watch and always the fans help to give me something extra.
“We have a good lead in the championship but it doesn’t change how we approach the weekend, we keep pushing and trying to achieve our maximum.
“Let’s see what happens.”