By Antonio López
A fifth title would put Marc alongside Mick Doohan, the only rider to have won 5 championships on a Honda
With 6 World Champion titles -125cc in 2010, Moto2 in 2012 and MotoGP in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017-, he is 8th in the ranking of champions. In 2018 he has the chance to climb to 6th position, which would tie him with Phil Read and John Surtees. If he succeeds, it will be his fifth MotoGP title and give him the third highest number of titles in the current category, tying him with Mick Doohan. Ahead of him would only remain Agostini, who had eight 500cc titles, and Rossi, who since 2009 has remained 7th. A fifth title would also give him the honor of being alongside Doohan, the only rider to have won 5 championships on a Honda.
Marc holds the record of the most victories in a single season: 13. This season he has a trump card, which is that in 2018 there will be 19 races
61 GP wins. Marc has the 6th highest number of absolute victories. Ahead of him is Lorenzo with 65 and Hailwood with 76. Jorge’s ranking is within reach to overtake, while to reach the legendary Mike Hailwood’s rank, he would have to win 15 races this year, something that nobody has yet achieved; In fact, the record of the most victories in a single season Marc already holds: 13 victories, which he achieved in 2014. This season he has a trump card, which is that in 2018 there will be 19 races, more than ever before in the history of the championship. If he makes 15 wins this season, he would be the fourth most victorious rider behind Giacomo Agostini (122), Valentino Rossi (115) and Angel Nieto (90).
As for victories in the highest category, Márquez has 35, ranking him 7th. Those he is close to are Mike Hailwood with 37, Casey Stoner with 38 and Lorenzo with 44. If he claims 9 wins would be ranked 4th behind Doohan who holds 54. To meet that record in 2018, he would have to win every single race. In 2014, Márquez won 10 consecutive victories. Ahead of him in this is Surtees with 11, Hailwood with 12 and Agostini with 20. To climb a position in this list this year seems most complicated.
In his 5 MotoGP seasons Marc has finished 63 times on the podium
Márquez has collected 102 podiums over three categories, ranking him 9th out of riders who have climbed the podium the most number of times. If he manages a top three in every race in 2018, he would chase down Phil Read who is 6th with 121 podiums. But those who are closer to pass are Biaggi and Hailwood who count 111 and 112 podiums respectively. As for MotoGP class podiums, Marc has 63, which also places him 9th. The maximum rank he could reach this year is, once again, up to 6th place, which Lawson occupies with a total of 78 podiums in the largest category.
Margins of victory
Marquez shares his closest victory and defeat with the same rider, Jorge Lorenzo
12 seconds and 438 thousandths is the largest difference by which Marc Márquez has won a MotoGP race; this took place last year at the Czech Republic GP. 0.121 seconds is his closest victory; It was at the 2014 Italian GP while fighting with Lorenzo. And precisely at the hands of Jorge has Marc suffered the closest defeat, when he finished at Silverstone by only 81 thousandths behind the Mallorcan.
Marquez won his las title after crashing 27 times; Lorenzo’s three championships years saw him crash 3, 5 and 3 times respectively
A record that certainly doesn’t make him proud are the number of crashes. Last year, Marc registered a total of 27 falls! Never before has there been a champion with so many trips to the ground in the same season. In fact, Marquez himself holds a record number of falls with 17 crashes in 2016 and 15 in 2013. For comparison, Lorenzo’s three championships years saw him crash 3, 5 and 3 times respectively; Stoner, who obtained the title in 2011 went down 7 times, and Rossi, has never crashed more than 5 times in a season where he won the title. Marc has collected a total of 83 crashes over his 5 seasons in MotoGP. Only Cal Crutchlow has fallen more than Marc during this period.
Year after year, Marc continues expanding his track achievements, and a long road ahead of him remains in which to continue fighting with his adversaries on the track and in the history books.