How to Beat Mar­quez

Marc Mar­quez has won five of the last six Mo­toGP crowns and he is still get­ting faster. How to beat him? We asked Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner, Fred­die Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Gard­ner, and Chris­tian Sar­ron how they would do it

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No mo­tor­cy­cle racer is un­beat­able, but marc mar­quez seems pretty much like that at the mo­ment. the 25-year-old Spa­niard is the youngest rider in his­tory to have won five premier-class world ti­tles, a record he took from Valentino rossi. He has won ev­ery mo­toGP crown since 2016 and with each pass­ing year he is get­ting older and wiser and faster.

‘marc is now at a very high level; maybe, one or two steps ahead of the oth­ers, but I think he still has many things to learn and he still has an­other step to make,’ says his rep­sol Honda team man­ager Al­berto Puig.

mar­quez wins races and cham­pi­onships thanks to his will­ing­ness and his abil­ity to push fur­ther be­yond the limit than any­one else. His suc­cess doesn’t come from a ma­chin­ery ad­van­tage, be­cause the bikes have never been more equal.

Fel­low Honda rc213V rider cal crutchlow knows this bet­ter than most. ‘All the bikes are very, very close; but marc, he’s a freak,’ says the Bri­ton. ‘I’ve never saved a bike at 62 de­grees of lean, 15 times a week­end! that doesn’t hap­pen with any­one else — the mar­quez fac­tor is very, very spe­cial.’

But just how spe­cial? For­mer world cham­pi­ons mick Doohan, casey Stoner, Fred­die Spencer, Wayne rainey, Kenny roberts, Wayne Gard­ner, and chris­tian Sar­ron all watch mar­quez with a cer­tain amount of awe, but they all have an idea of how they would beat him…

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