Marc Márquez is a MotoGP world champion from Cervera, Spain. He is regarded as one of the best riders in MotoGP due to his aggressive, consistent, and controlled riding style.
He is regarded as one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, having won eight Grand Prix World Championships and set numerous other records.
Marc became the first rider in history to win the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest rider to do it since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Early life and Education
Marc Márquez was born on February 17, 1993, in Cervera, the capital of the comarca of Segarra in the province of Lleida, the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain.
Julià Márquez, his father, was a volunteer member of a local racing club called Moto Club Serge.
Therefore, technically, he was brought up around bikes, which inspired him to become a professional racer in the future. His mother, Roser Alentà is a volunteer worker at the local race club.
He is known as the ‘Ant of Cervera’ around the world because of his 1.68m height, and ‘el tro de Cervera’ in his hometown, which means the ‘Thunder of Cervera’.
Márquez made his championship debut on 13 April 2008, at the age of 15 years and 56 days, at the 125cc 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix.
Márquez took his first podium in Grand Prix motorcycle racing on June 22, 2008, in only his sixth race, becoming the youngest Spanish rider to achieve this feat.
As a factory KTM rider in 2009, he finished third in Jerez before taking his first pole position at the French Grand Prix at the age of 16 years and 89 days, making him the youngest Spanish rider to do so in a motorcycle racing world championship.
He is one of only four riders to have won world championship titles in three separate categories, and he is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, having won eight Grand Prix World Championships, six of which were in the premier class.
Márquez is widely regarded as one of the greatest innovators of modern MotoGP racing, due to his comparatively exaggerated turning approach of leaning so far over the bike that he appears to be “in continual risk of sliding out.”
Despite winning multiple championships, Márquez has always refused to use the number 1 as a racing number, preferring his #93 – the year of his birth.
The 93 is shown on his bike and in official merchandise with white letters and a red background to match Honda’s red-orange-navy blue livery.
Julià Márquez, his father always follows him around the world in his team garage and is a regular feature in the Grand Prix paddock, but his mother’s appearances are rare.
Álex Márquez, his younger brother, is also a world champion in motorcycle racing, having won the Moto3 class in 2014 and the Moto2 class in 2019.
The duo became the first pair of brothers to win road racing world championships the same season and repeated the feat again in 2019.