Put simply, Marc Marquez is the most dominant individual in global motorsport at the moment.
The 21-year-old continued his perfect start to the Moto GP season today in Italy by winning his sixth straight race, giving him a perfect score of 150 points after one-third of the season.
However, he didn’t have it all his own way at Mugello today. Despite starting from pole position for the seventh successive race, Marquez dropped to third off the line behind Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone. After picking off the latter, he struggled to find a way past Lorenzo, and motorcycle racing legend Valentino Rossi – on his 300th grand prix start – lurked in third place behind the Spaniards.
On the penultimate lap of the race, though, Marquez made his move and passed Lorenzo to take the lead of the race. He eventually held his compatriot off by just one-tenth of a second come the checkered flag, with Rossi 2.5 seconds further back.
Six poles, six wins and a 53-point lead at the top of the standings. What next for Marc Marquez?
Well, maybe an F1 try-out. It’s unlikely that it would lead to anything, but Marquez was seen chatting with Ferrari driver and compatriot Fernando Alonso in Mugello this weekend (pictured), and he admitted that giving F1 a go would interest him. Valentino Rossi tested for Ferrari back in 2006, and put in some unbelievably competitive times.
“Someday I would like to try,” Marquez confirmed. “I don’t know when. Not early. I’ve never met Alonso before and it was so nice to speak with a Formula 1 driver. It was his first time and he said it was unbelievable to see Moto GP live.”
At the age of 21, Marc Marquez has the world at his feet.