Ten years of Marc Márquez in Repsol Honda Team

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The 2022 season marked the milestone of a decade for Marc Márquez in MotoGP, always with the Repsol Honda team, during which he has had an extraordinary career.

Ten years of Marc Márquez in Repsol Honda Team

These ten seasons have been ten years of successes, and there are still more to come. It should be noted that Marc Márquez has a current contract to race in MotoGP until the end of the 2024 season.

Surely, looking back to the day when the rider from Cervera signed his first contract with HRC and Repsol Honda, he could not have imagined such a journey. The good sensations he had during his first preseason were confirmed: on the day of his debut he finished third at the Losail circuit, setting the fastest race lap. Not bad for a rookie, right? Well, that was not so bad at the next round, at COTA, at the Grand Prix of the Americas, where he took the pole position, set the fastest race lap, and went on to win. And if that wasn’t enough, he took the lead at the World Championship. And he became the youngest Grand Prix winner in the top class. Márquez’s sporting career has gone from milestone to milestone.

Race by race, Márquez consolidated his debut season and at Sachsenring, the circuit that he would come to rule, he added his second win midway through the season. From that point on, he strung together a series of victories that catapulted him to the title. The thrilling outcome of the World Championship came at the last race of the year, in Valencia, where he was proclaimed champion, the youngest champion of the “premier class”, surpassing a record set by Freddie Spencer in 1983.

In the 2014 season, Marquez’s performances proved daunting for his rivals. One after another, he strung together victories, regardless of the circuit or race conditions. He won consecutively the first ten Grands Prix of the season, totaling 13 wins in 18 races, with 14 podiums in all. It goes without saying that his second crown was won by a very wide margin.

The following year, the start of the season was not as expected, and he soon fell out of contention for the title. He was able to rebuild himself and become competitive again, but was unable to challenge for the final win despite winning five races and standing on the podium nine times, half of the season’s races.

Marc Marquez’s best years: 2016 – 2019

From that moment on, having overcome the wide array of difficulties that Marc Márquez had to face in 2015, his races in the MotoGP World Championship were practically perfect. Year after year, he started as a title contender, and time after time he lived up to expectations. n 2016 he led from the second round, the Argentine Grand Prix, proving especially consistent in the second half of the season, where he was very solid, retaking the world Championship.

After overcoming rivals at the level of Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi in direct confrontations in the fight for the title, it was Marquez’s turn to face a new rival: Andrea Dovizioso. For three seasons, the Italian would become the only alternative to Marc Marquez and Honda. But the greater the pressure, the stronger the Cervera rider responded.

In 2017, Marquez won the title again, for the fourth time, and did so with the same score as the previous year and with the same number of podiums, twelve, two-thirds of the races contested, but with one more victory than in 2016. And from that moment on Marquez’s career was “on its way up.” Dovizioso’s continued to be an opponent, but the solidity of Marquez and Honda gave him no choice. In 2018 he won nine races—up to that point, his second highest number of victories in MotoGP in a season–, was proclaimed Champion cwell in advance at Motegi, Japan, Honda’s domain, where he also took victory. It couldn’t have been more timely. And he concluded the season with the widest margin of advantage of all his titles: 76 points over Dovizioso.

Márquez had reached a sensational level of maturity, but the start of the World Championship was complicated at times. In Qatar, the opening round, he was second behind Dovizioso, but his victory in Argentina put him back at the top of the championship. Two weeks later an unexpected crash in the United States dropped him to zero and relegated him to provisional fourth place in the championship. It was the only blemish of the year, because from that moment on he began an impeccable season: he won or, in the worst case, he was second. That’s how it was all season long. In the end, twelve wins and six second places in the eighteen races he finished, plus the zero at COTA. The result? MotoGP champion for the sixth time, setting a record score, 420 points, and with an astronomical distance over second, who was again Dovizioso: no less than 151 points. In other words: six races ahead.

The difficult years

Marc Marquez’s sporting career in MotoGP has two clear moments: the success accumulated until 2019, and everything experienced since 2020. The year the pandemic began has been engraved with fire in our hearts, but for Marquez it was doubly hard, because it marked the beginning of his physical complications. A serious injury suffered in the inaugural Jerez event, in which he fractured his right humerus, has affected him ever since. Two further operations and a lengthy recovery meant he missed the rest of the season.

His return to racing in 2021 was with the World Cup already underway. He returned to racing in Portugal, in an exciting comeback that highlighted the complexity of his injury. Without being fully recovered, Marquez improved race by race. Upon arriving at Sachsenring, the place where he had always won since 2010, no matter what class he raced in, Marquez was reunited with victory. It was a magical moment. He closed out the season by adding two more wins.

Going into 2022, Marquez approached the new season with faith. A promising start in Qatar was followed by a crash in Indonesia, where he had the same eye injury—double vision—that sidelined him from the end of the 2021 World Cup. After a process of rest and recovery, Marquez returned to action, giving us again magical moments in Jerez, where he came close to the podium. But a few weeks later he had to announce that he was once again undergoing surgery on his injured arm.

While we await his return to the track, here are Marc Marquez’s figures since his debut, after 216 Grand Prix, with 8 world titles, 85 victories, and 138 podiums to his credit.

Marc Márquez’s figures in MotoGP

Grands Prix: 138

Headlines: 6 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Victories: 59

Second places: 30

Third places: 10

Podium finishes: 99

Pole positions: 62

Fastest laps: 59

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