Spain’s 20-year-old Marc Marquez broke the record for the youngest MogoGP champion after dominating this year’s event despite a strong Jorge Lorenzo defending his title.

Marquez broke American Kenny Roberts’ 1978 record by winning the title in his first MotoGP season. The youngster was expected to be the second wheel to his partner Dani Pedrosa, but he beat the more experienced teammate first in Qatar and then in Texas.

Valentino Rossi, the nine-time world champion praised the young Marquez and said, “He has all the potential to become the greatest of all time, or better than me, or win more than me.”

Others who praised Marc Marquez include the Australian Wayne Gardner and American champion Kevin Schwantz, according to whom, “Back in the day it used to take a couple of years to figure out how best to ride one of these bikes, but Marquez has already shown a few characteristics that a lot of these guys don’t or might never have.”

Even his team, Repsol Honda was surprised by Marquez and the consistency he showed. “We expected him to be very fast, as he was from the very first test, but what has surprised us is how constant he can be. He has made the most of the situation and hasn’t felt the pressure,” said Livio Suppo, the team principal.

The Young Marquez began his world championship career back in 2008 when he was 15 years old and managed to reach the podium despite an injury in his first season.

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