While he might be just 20 years of age, Marc Marquez has already taken the Moto GP world by storm in his first year of competition, smashing barriers, records and expanding his horizons along the way.
That being said, the youngster’s prolific form is only set for bigger and better things, the next opportunity for which comes this weekend in Indianapolis.
At the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Monterey, Calif. last month, Marquez claimed his third win of the season, extending his lead over Dani Pedrosa to 16 points in the process. As a result of the feat, Marquez also became the youngest-ever rider to ever win consecutive races in the top tier of GP racing, a record previously held by Freddie Spencer.
However, with BBC Sport reporting via Twitter that the Spaniard also finished practice the fastest in Indianapolis, the starlet is quite possibly set to etch his name even further into the history books:
Barely out of his teenage years, Marquez’s achievements so early in his career are already remarkable. Having finished on the podium in 14 of his last 17 races in the Moto2 class, big things were always expected from the Honda representative, but perhaps not as big as this.
Finishing second to Marquez in the Indy practicing was England’s Carl Crutchlow. The Yamaha rider was just three-tenths of a second behind Marquez’s impressive time of one minute and 40.781 seconds.
Earlier this month, the BBC’s Ben Parrish painted Spain’s grid leader as the emerging favourite to now go ahead and win the 2013 title, even though those involved are only halfway through their campaign.
However, one massive factor in that will be the youngster’s fitness, which he has so far managed to maintain while, as Parrish points out, Pedrosa's has not.
At this stage of his career, Marquez can be both susceptible to injury and the least likely to pick up something debilitating, relying largely on the vast hunger that’s undoubtedly in his belly.
Other than Pedrosa and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi would’ve also been a rider many would have considered as a candidate for silverware come season’s end.
However, with another victory on Sunday, young Marquez will assuredly be in the driver’s seat (no pun intended) to claim top spot come November—and given his current trajectory, there’s no reason why Honda’s newest disciple can’t do just that.
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