Marc Marquez, 2014 World Champion

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It’s been another record breaking season for Repsol Honda sensation, Marc Marquez. The young Spaniard has now won his first two MotoGP campaigns with back-to-back Championships and is rewriting the history books on his way.

Already having broken many milestones in his maiden year in 2013, this season has been no different. Here’s a look back at the records he’s accomplished this season to date…

 

2014 Highlights so far:

– Marc is the youngest ever rider to win 2 consecutive premier-class World Championships at the age of 21 years 237 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 23 years 152 days when he won his second successive 500cc title in 1963.

– During 2014 he became the first rider to win the opening ten premier-class GP races of the season in the premier-class since Giacomo Agostini in 1970 season.

– He is the youngest rider to win ten successive premier-class races, at the age of 21 years 174 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 94 days old when in 1964 he won the tenth of a twelve race winning sequence. He is also the first rider to win the opening ten races of the season in the premier-class since Giacomo Agostini won the first ten races of the 1970 season.

– He is the first Honda rider to clinch a World title at the Motegi circuit

– He is also the only rider to have started from pole in grand prix racing at all of the circuits on the 2014 schedule. – In addition to his six pole positions this year, Marquez also started from pole at the final race of 2013. The last rider to qualify on pole in seven successive MotoGP races was Casey Stoner in 2008.

– He is the first rider to win six successive premier-class races from pole position since Mick Doohan, on a Honda, won ten successive races in 1997, all having started from pole position. – Ten race wins for Marquez in 2014 is a new record for most premier-class race wins in a single season by a Spanish rider.

 

2014 race-by-race records:

Jerez GP:
– His victory at the Spanish GP was his first GP win at the Jerez circuit, which was the only venue on the current GP schedule where he had not won in his grand prix career. He is now the only rider to have won at all of the circuits on the 2014 calendar.

Le Mans GP:
– His victory at Le Mans made him the youngest ever rider, at the age of 21 years 90 days, to win five successive races in the premier-class, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 22 years 160 days old when he won five successive races in the 500cc class in 1962.

Mugello GP:
– The victory at Mugello made him the youngest ever rider, at the age of 21 years 104 days, to win six successive races in the premier-class, taking the record from Valentino Rossi who was 23 years 148 days old when he took the sixth of seven successive wins in the MotoGP class in 2002, also riding a Honda.

Catalunya GP:
– Although he did not manage to continue his run of pole positions in Catalunya, Marc Marquez once again took the MotoGP victory, making it seven successive wins in 2014. Since the MotoGP class was introduced in 2002 as the premier-class of grand prix racing only one other rider has achieved seven successive MotoGP races; Valentino Rossi in 2002.
– The victory in Catalunya also gave him the record as the youngest ever rider, at the age of 21 years 118 days, to win seven successive races in the premier-class, taking the record from Valentino Rossi who was 23 years 155 days old when he had seven successive wins in 2002.
– It was also the 100th victory for Honda in the four-stroke MotoGP class that was introduced in 2002, as a replacement for the 500cc category as the premier-class of grand prix racing. The number of MotoGP wins achieved by the other manufacturers is: Yamaha – 81, Ducati – 31 and Suzuki – 1.

Dutch TT:
– At the Dutch TT he became the youngest rider to win eight successive premier-class races, at the age of 21 years 131 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 71 days old when in 1964 he won the eighth of a twelve race winning sequence.
– He is the first rider to win eight successive MotoGP races since the class was introduced in 2002 as the premier-class of grand prix racing.

German GP:
– At the German GP Marc became the youngest rider to win nine successive premier-class races, at the age of 21 years 146 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 86 days old when in 1964 he won the ninth of a twelve race winning sequence.
– He is the first rider to win nine successive MotoGP races since the class was introduced in 2002 as the premier-class of grand prix racing.

Indianapolis GP:
– At the Indianapolis GP Marc became the youngest rider to win ten successive premier-class races, at the age of 21 years 174 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 94 days old when in 1964 he won the tenth of a twelve race winning sequence.
– He is the first rider to win ten successive MotoGP races since the class was introduced in 2002 as the premier-class of grand prix racing.

Silverstone GP:
– The win at Silverstone was the eleventh time this year he stood on the top step of the podium. This equalled the record for MotoGP victories in a single season that was achieved by Valentino Rossi in both the 2002 and 2005 seasons. Another win for Marc this year and he will equal the all-time record for most wins in the premier-class in a single season, currently held by Mick Doohan from 1997.
– His win at Silverstone was his 17th in the MotoGP class, placing him in 16th place in the all-time premier-class GP winners list.

 
Source: Repsol Honda Team

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