Marc Marquez has won today’s French Moto GP event at Le Mans, giving him a fifth straight victory and a perfect score of 125/125 at the start of the motorcycle racing season.
The defending world champion, 21, bounced back from a poor start to finish 1.4 seconds ahead of Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, and has moved into a 42 point lead at the top of the Moto GP standings.
Marquez started the race from pole position, but a racing incident on the first lap with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo saw him fall down the order. However, from there he duly picked off the riders ahead to claim his 11th premier class victory.
Just as Sebastian Vettel dominated Formula 1 at the end of 2013, and just as Lewis Hamilton appears to be in 2014, Marquez is at the very peak of his powers. Last year, he became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to win the premier class of motorcycle racing at the very first attempt, as well as being the youngest ever world champion.
Nine-time champion Valentino Rossi continued his great start to the season with another second place finish, whilst Alvaro Bautista completed the podium in third place.
American riders Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards did not enjoy a very fruitful weekend. Hayden crashed out on the first lap, whilst Edwards – who is set to retire at the end of the season – could only finish 17th.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.