Winning a duel that went down to the final laps of the Grand Prix of the Americas, Marc Marquez has become the youngest rider ever to win a premier-class grand prix race. At 20 years, 2 months, and 5 days old on race day, Marquez’s victory breaks the one previously held by American Freddie Spencer, and could very well best Spencer’s previous record on a few more occasions with the 10-round window that still remains.

Taking to Twitter after the race, Spencer congratulated the young Marquez on his record-breaking racing victory by saying, “Great job to Marquez on being the youngest rider ever to win a #motogp race!! I feel very happy for Marc! Truly an incredible moment!! Best!”

Talking about his achievement in the post-race press conference, Marquez stated that “for me it’s another motivation, no? Since I start with MotoGP everything was going so good, but a rider’s first victory is something different — your confidence change a little bit.”

“It’s just a result that looks like everything is going well, but we cannot forget that now we come to some tracks that will be more difficult for us,” he continued modestly. “The victory is so good in just the second race, but I think it will be a difficult fight with these guys every race and to keep this level.”

Making his mark on MotoGP so early in his life and career, it is no wonder that many in the paddock mention Valentino Rossi while talking about Marquez. Talent recognizes talent too. Virtually all the riders in the paddock have spoken highly about the young Spaniard, including Rossi himself.

“Impressive,” said The Doctor simply, after being asked about Marquez. “Win the second race in MotoGP? It’s impressive. It’s not the case [It’s not normal -JB]. He’s a great rider. But also, he is in front in the championship, he take the podium of both the races, and it’s just him and Jorge — he is very fast, he will be very hard to beat him, for sure.”

For a series that for the past decade has been so greatly defined by the talent of Valentino Rossi, many in the paddock wondered what would happen to MotoGP after the nine-time World Champion left the sport. However, with his dominant riding and youthful personality, Marquez could very well be the next-gernation of GP rider that transcends nationalities and the sport’s own barriers.

“I don’t see just a Spanish flag up there. I see an athlete that you can admire —  including Valentino Rossi and the rest of the champions who are around,” said Randy Mamola when we talked to him after the race at Austin. “It’s just awesome. I’m sure Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, and Kenny Roberts watched that race on TV and their jaw were on the ground.”

“I think that if he is managed really well, which I believe that he is — he is so grounded. They just need to do the right things,” added Mamola. “If any of these guys went out and sat in that crowd they would be loved. Cal is so funny, so charismatic. Jorge? Same. If you know them, like we know them, they’re different.”

Could MotoGP have found its next golden meal-ticket? Only time will tell, but for now we have many congratulations for the young Marquez, and hopefully the downtown Austin bars don’t card him too often.

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  • Mp

    Having been perched at the top of turn one, I can say that mm displayed a different kind of ease at work. The big hill to turn 1 made many riders appear as if they were doing push ups on the bars but Marquez just motored up the hill, subtly sat up and just draped off the left side of the bike in one, effortless movement. It was near impossible to even hear him downshift through the box as his throttle control and clutch work was robotic perfection. Driving out of the corner was just as smooth. He put in a fantastic effort but made it appear as if he wasn’t trying very hard at all. It was an impressive sight in an otherwise unspectacular race.

  • Jazzy

    Sitting near turn 11 at COTA it was unbelievable to watch Marquez rocket down hill out of turn 10 (180mph+) and hammer the brakes lifting the rear wheel, then sweeping the hairpin turn 11 and speeding down the straight. Congratulations #93.

  • Fantastic race to watch, really was a nail biter right til the last couple of laps. Unbelievable riding by Marquez, and not to diminish his great talent at all, I can’t help feel like this was a “perfect storm” situation at COTA. It’s a difficult track no doubt and the fact that this was the first MotoGP race there played into Marquez favor, the rest of the tracks where many of the more seasoned riders have ridin many times on 1000/800cc bikes will probably give him more of a fight.

    In any case it should be a blast to watch! Still kinda wish Stoner was around and of course Simoncelli, but the fight between Bradl and Crutchlow was pretty good.

  • Like the first commenter, I was on the hill in 1 for the race. But I think one of the most interesting things was what I didn’t see: Marc y Marq was not pushing the bike nearly as hard in the race as he did in P&Q. I honestly think that he had a little in hand in the race. Very impressive. He fell hard early in practice, on an out lap; that looked like the Marquez from Moto2. But he looked mature and collected in the race. If he’s going to be more like the guy he was on Friday and Saturday, he’ll be fast but inconsistent. If he’s going to be more like the guy he was on Sunday, he’ll be a threat for the championship in his rookie year. When was the last time that happened?

  • orang keren

    Marc is awesome