2010 125cc Champion
At 17-years old, Marc Marquez earned his first 125cc Championship on the Repsol Derbi motorcycle. It was his third year of racing in the MotoGP 125cc Championship, and he became one of three Spaniards to earn a title in World Championship racing for 2010.
With his 125cc title, Marquez joined fellow Spaniards Toni Elias, who won the inaugural Moto2 Championship aboard the Gresini Honda, and Jorge Lorenzo, who took his first MotoGP Championship aboard the Fiat Yamaha M1.
It wasn’t an easy win for Marquez, though. He entered the final round of the 2010 season at the Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit with a 17-point advantage over Nicol Terol. After some great practice runs, he started the final weekend off by placing his Derbi 125cc motorcycle on the pole position. And after racing very intelligently at Valencia, Marquez finished fourth in the race won by Bradley Smith; his finish garnered enough points to crown him 2010 125cc Champion.
Marquez discussed his win at the Valencia GP finale.
Marc Marquez says: “I’m really happy. We had planned the race just as it was. I had the pace to fight for victory, as in other races this season, but I had no doubt that the championship was much more important.”
“Firstly, I warmed up the tires well in the first few laps and when I was sure that everything was OK, I started to push a little harder to close in on Nico (Terol) and when I caught him, I decided to have a more relaxed race behind him. Then, Pol (Espargaro) arrived and I let him pass to avoid any problems.”
“From then on, I focused on keeping my position and distance behind them to the finish line. The worst moment, when I was most nervous, was during the first few laps; I remembered what had happened in Aragon and other things that make you realize that, at this moment, errors that are not yours could cost you the title.”
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me since I started in motorcycling; my family, my friends, the fans and the sponsors, without whom I would not be celebrating this World Championship title (Sunday).”
Marquez followed in the way of his protege, Emilio Alzamora, the 1999 125cc World Champion, also a Repsol rider, finishing off the historic 2010 season for Spanish motorcycling.
The young 125cc racer, born in Cervera in 1993, has claimed more victories than anyone else this season (10) and has become the eighth Spanish rider to win the 125cc World Championship title.
The Repsol rider has taken the fourteenth Spanish title in the class today, taking over from Julian Simon, winner last season and has added his name to a list started by Angel Nieto and which also includes Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’, Alex Criville, Emilio Alzamora, Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista.
Repsol says Marquez has achieved this tough-fought title on a Spanish bike – Derbi RSA – and with fuel and lubricant developed exclusively at the Repsol Technology Centre (CTR), which is located in Mostoles (Madrid). The energy company, which also supplies fuel to the MotoGP Repsol Honda Team, supplied Marc Marquez’ team with over 3,000 liters of fuel to cover the needs of the entire season, in the range of 150 litres per Grand Prix.
With Marc Márquez’ title, Repsol reaches 54 World Championship titles in different motorsport categories since it first entered the world of top competition in 1969.
Here’s a breakdown of his 2010 125cc Championship Season
- Grand Prix of Italy (June 6)
- British Grand Prix (June 20)
- Dutch Grand Prix (June 26)
- Grand Prix of Catalunya (July 4)
- German Grand Prix (July 18)
- San Marino Grand Prix (September 5)
- Japanese Grand Prix (October 3)
- Malaysian Grand Prix (October 10)
- Australian Grand Prix (October 17)
- Portuguese Grand Prix (October 31)
2010 Pole Positions:
- Qatar Grand Prix (April 10)
- Spanish Grand Prix (May 1)
- British Grand Prix (June 19)
- Dutch Grand Prix (June 25)
- Grand Prix of Catalunya (July 3)
- German Grand Prix (July 17)
- Indianapolis Grand Prix (August 28)
- Aragón Grand Prix (Septembre 18)
- Japanese Grand Prix (October 2)
- Malaysian Grand Prix (October 9)
- Australian Grand Prix (October 16)
- Comunitat Valenciana Grand Prix (November 6)