HOW TO BEAT MAR­QUEZ

Marc Mar­quez has won five of the last six Motogp crowns and he’s still get­ting faster. How to beat him? We asked Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner, Fred­die Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Gard­ner and Chris­tian Sar­ron

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Marc Marquez - Words Mat Ox­ley | Pho­tog­ra­phy Red Bull Con­tent POOL/HRC

NNo 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 ev­ery year he’s 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 all watch Mar­quez with a cer­tain amount of awe, but they all have an idea of how they would beat him…

Kevin Schwantz, 500cc world cham­pion, 1993: “I’d just get in front at the be­gin­ning of the race and as

For the past five sea­sons Mar­quez has been giv­ing them all the fin­ger

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