At 21-years old, Marc Marquez has more to gloat about than most others in motorcycle racing.
The Repsol Honda rider arrived in World Championship in 2008 – with Repsol support – and took that title two years later. He joined Moto2 in 2011, taking that title in 2012. And of course, he joined MotoGP in 2013, and became the youngest rider in history to earn a premier-class championship.
And Marquez is at it already in 2014; he led all three days of the first preseason testing, leading riders like Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo by over a tenth of a second.
Throughout the years, Marquez, who began riding motorcycles at four-years old, achieved many milestones throughout his career. Following is a breakdown of the most important milestones, courtesy of Repsol.
- June 22, 2008: Youngest Spaniard and second youngest rider overall to take a World Championship podium (15 years, 126 days).
- May 16, 2009: Second youngest rider in history to achieve a pole position in the World Championship (16 years and 86 days).
- November 7, 2010: Youngest Spaniard and second youngest rider overall to win the 125cc World Championship (17 years and 264 days).
- April 7, 2013: Youngest podium finisher in MotoGP (20 years and 49 days) with third at the Qatar Grand Prix. Youngest rider to set the fastest lap of a premier class race.
- April 20, 2013: Youngest rider to take a pole position in the premier class, at the GP of the Americas (20 years and 62 days).
- April 21, 2013: Youngest rider to win a premier class race and take victories in three Grand Prix classes. Also the youngest rider to claim two podiums in a row and to achieve a MotoGP pole position, fastest lap and win at the same Grand Prix .
- November 10, 2013: Youngest premier class World Champion in history (20 years and 266 days) crowned at the Valencia GP. Youngest rider to win titles in three Grand Prix classes. Youngest rookie World Champion in history.