40 Facts About Marc Marquez

1. Marc Marquez is a fan of Catalonia's most successful football club FC Barcelona, and has visited the club and its first team in the past.

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2. Marc Marquez finished third in the Czech event, whereas he narrowly lost to Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap in Austria.

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3. Marc Marquez started the year off by narrowly falling short of Andrea Dovizioso off the final corner in Qatar, before a controversial performance resulting in three penalties and causing Valentino Rossi to crash led to Marquez being stripped of a fifth-place finish in Argentina.

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4. Marc Marquez missed out on sealing the title in Malaysia, finishing fourth while Dovizioso won, meaning the title would go to the last round in Valencia.

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5. Marc Marquez finished second in Catalunya, despite suffering several crashes through practice and qualifying.

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6. Marc Marquez finished the 2016 season with a second place at the Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix, after struggling to get past the likes of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone in the first part of the race.

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7. Marc Marquez finished second to Lorenzo in Valencia, with Lorenzo taking the world title.

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8. Marc Marquez crashed out in Malaysia after a collision with Valentino Rossi.

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9. Marc Marquez crashed out at Motorland Aragon, and a fourth-place finish in Motegi ended his hopes of retaining the title.

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10. Marc Marquez took successive victories in Germany, and Indianapolis, before a second-place finish at Brno.

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11. Marc Marquez finished second behind Jorge Lorenzo in Spain, despite riding with a fractured finger on his left hand after a dirt-track accident, a week before the race.

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12. Marc Marquez won the second race of the season in Texas, his third successive triumph at the Circuit of the Americas.

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13. At the final race in Valencia, Marc Marquez broke Doohan's record, with his 13th win of the season.

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14. Marc Marquez took his 12th win of the season, matching Mick Doohan's record of most premier class victories in a single season, from 1997.

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15. Marc Marquez clinched his second title at Motegi with three rounds remaining.

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16. Marc Marquez went on to win the next five rounds in Texas, Argentina, Spain, France, and Italy, all from pole position.

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17. Marc Marquez progressed steadily through the events practice sessions and showed strong pace on Saturday afternoon to take pole position.

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18. Marc Marquez won his third race of the year to extend his championship lead to 16 points over Dani Pedrosa.

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19. Marc Marquez finished the race in second position behind teammate Dani Pedrosa.

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20. Marc Marquez slipped during the third free practice session without getting injured or damaging his bike and eventually qualified third fastest at Jerez.

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21. Marc Marquez qualified sixth and eventually finished third behind Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

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22. Marc Marquez started the 2013 season with a podium finish in Qatar.

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23. Marc Marquez continued his impressive form in the private test of Honda at Austin where he topped the timesheets all three days.

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24. Marc Marquez tested the Honda RC213V for the first time in Valencia after the end of the 2012 championships lapping just over a second slower than his teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa who topped the time sheets.

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25. On 12 July 2012, it was announced that Marc Marquez had signed a two-year contract with the Repsol Honda team in MotoGP, replacing the retiring Casey Stoner and joining teammate Dani Pedrosa, from 2013 onwards.

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26. Marc Marquez took his last victory in the class at the Valencian Grand Prix, the last event of the season, despite starting from 33rd on the grid.

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27. At his home race in Catalonia, Marc Marquez finished second behind championship leader Stefan Bradl, before another fall at the Silverstone, having started from his first Moto2 pole position.

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28. Marc Marquez finished 21st in Portugal, before taking his first victory in the class at the French Grand Prix.

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29. Marc Marquez would fall short of tying it as he was fourth at the final race in Valencia to become the second-youngest World Champion after Loris Capirossi.

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30. Marc Marquez took pole for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix but the exhaust pipe fell off on the opening lap and went under the rear wheel, causing Marquez to crash and injure his shoulder.

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31. Marc Marquez achieved his first podium on 22 June 2008 at the British Grand Prix.

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32. Marc Marquez is the youngest Spanish rider to take a pole position or a podium in a motorcycle racing world championship.

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33. Marc Marquez secured the 2016 title with three rounds to spare at Motegi, before sealing the title at Valencia in the final round of 2017.

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34. Marc Marquez equalled the all-time Grand Prix record for pole positions at the age of 23 in 2016.

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35. Marc Marquez is the older brother of 2014 Moto3 world champion Alex Marquez.

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36. Marc Marquez became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the title overall.

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37. Marc Marquez won the 2010 125cc World Championship, the 2012 Moto2 World Championship, and the 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 MotoGP World Championships.

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38. Marc Marquez is one of four riders to have won world championship titles in three different categories, after Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.

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39. Marc Marquez is nicknamed the 'Ant of Cervera' worldwide and 'el tro de Cervera' locally in his hometown, meaning the 'Thunder of Cervera'.

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40. Marc Marquez races for Honda's factory team since his MotoGP debut in 2013.

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