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The 17 year-old became the second-youngest ever World Champion by taking the 2010 125cc title this year, and here he talks about his achievement in a feature interview in which he also outlines his future plans.
At just 17 years and 263 days Marc Márquez became the second youngest rider ever to win a World Championship title when he took the 125cc crown at Valencia in the final round of the 2010 season.
It was a season of breathtaking brilliance from the youngster who won ten races, finished on the podium a further two times and secured a record-equalling 12 podiums throughout the campaign.
“At the beginning we didn’t expect to win the Championship but when we started the races my level was good,” said Márquez in the attached video interview. “I was having more rapport with the team and we improved a lot at every circuit so when we started to win in Mugello I thought: ‘Why not? We can win this Championship and we will try’. But now this is true, we won and this is incredible.”
The victory at Mugello in Round 4 was not only Márquez’s first in the World Championship, but also the start of five consecutive wins which made him the youngest rider ever to have achieved such a long winning streak.
“I think that was the most important point of the season,” he said. “During the summer break we were leading the standings after those five wins. After Jerez (Round 2 when he crashed and dislocated a shoulder) we were behind, there were too many points between Nico (Terol) and me. Then I won five races in a row and I made a big step there.”
Another huge moment came in the dramatic penultimate round at Estoril, which the Spaniard won from the back of the grid after a crash on the sighting lap for the restarted race. “The whole weekend was difficult because this track in rain conditions is not easy. During the race I thought that the most important thing was the first lap. I made a perfect start and in the first lap I pushed a lot, maybe too much because I took so many risks, but at the end it was really fun to win that race.”
The plan now after sealing the 125cc title in the final round at Valencia with fourth place is to make the move up to Moto2. “It’s not confirmed yet but I want to go there. I will be in Moto2 but I don’t know the bike and the team yet. I asked Emilio (Alzamora) but he told me to be focused for Valencia, he explained that he would prepare the plan for next season and asked me to concentrate on riding and to win this Championship. He assured me after Valencia he would show me the different possibilities and we would take the best one.”
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