The distinctive degree at which Marc Márquez is driving this season has triggered even fellow Honda racers to describe the seven-time world champion as being in an altogether totally different class. In the 14 Grands Prix disputed so far, Márquez has gained eight and finished second in 5; his only DNF was at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, when he fell while main resulting from a technical problem resolved earlier than the subsequent event. Even when Márquez has a "dangerous" day, most of the time he crosses the end line simply behind the winner.
Two weeks in the past at Motorland Aragón, Márquez completed his 200th world championship race. Not so long ago, reaching 200 GPs meant retirement was quick approaching. Márquez, nevertheless, looks like he solely began racing a number of seasons ago. At simply 26 years of age, he has already entered the bicentennial club.
In evaluating Márquez's first 200 GPs with these of longtime rival Valentino Rossi, each riders had amassed an equal variety of world titles, seven. Rossi, nevertheless, had 13 more victories, 91 versus 78. Seconds (34) and thirds (17) are evenly matched, but with pole positions, Márquez takes advantage of his uncanny potential to supply an explosive single lap. Here, the report books favor the Spaniard, 89 towards 50. Taking a look at fast laps, Rossi is again on prime, 73 versus 69, and over these 200 races, Rossi collected 70 % of the points at stake whereas Márquez is at 64 %.
Seeing these numbers, one can't help considering that the passage of time—Rossi reached 200 GPs in 2008—makes us overlook how good Valentino was. That yr, he gained his eighth world title, the identical quantity that Márquez has the opportunity to succeed in this weekend in Thailand. But if we're all impressed with Márquez and his complete MotoGP mastery, the numbers show that in his time, Rossi was arguably even better than Márquez is now. From here, you possibly can add all types of distinctions, reminiscent of their rivals, the age at which they reached 200 GPs, and other elements. However the numbers are what they're.
With respect to different riders analyzed, the stability clearly leans toward Márquez. Jorge Lorenzo, for example, had four titles—two in MotoGP, two extra in 250s—by the point he reached his 200th GP; his fifth would arrive one yr later. Dani Pedrosa gained his 125cc and 250cc titles early in his career, so earlier than reaching the 200th race, he already had three championships and 47 victories.
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In the comparative table, I included arguably the toughest opponent that Márquez has persistently faced in MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso. Curiously, the 33-year-old Italian’s greatest results came after reaching 200 GPs. Following six lengthy years during which he didn’t win something, Dovizioso tasted victory once more, including 13 wins so far, three greater than in the first decade of his career.
Márquez shouldn't be only preventing for his eighth crown, he's also preventing towards one of many biggest riders in the historical past of the sport, and he is on the best way. For now, nevertheless, Rossi remains the highest dog amongst lively riders with 115 victories and the one individual in historical past to win 125cc, 250cc, 500cc, and MotoGP world titles.