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Doohan: ‘Marquez is on a different level’

Doohan: ‘Marquez is on a different level’

MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez has taken motorcycle racing to a whole new level after dominating his second season in the premier class, according to five-time 500cc World title winner Mick Doohan.

Repsol Honda’s rider Marquez has won 11 Grands Prix so far this season, becoming the first rider to win 10 consecutive races since Doohan in 1997.

Speaking to the ‘Keeping Track’ podcast, Doohan said he is highly impressed with Marquez, who has won 17 of his 31 MotoGP™ starts and finished on the podium in all but four races in the MotoGP™ class.

“Marquez has really lifted the bar this year,” Doohan said. “When somebody’s on top of their game like that, it’s just difficult to make inroads into the gap they’ve got on you. The other guys may be getting quicker, but the gap is staying the same. At some point in time the gap will close, but that could be a couple of years down the track.”

Doohan, who won 44 Grands Prix from 71 starts while collecting five straight 500cc titles from 1994-98, believes Marquez is set to claim a second World Title this season and, in years to come, will be one of the most successful riders of all time.

“It’s difficult for the other guys to even keep him in sight, so if somebody’s going to beat my records, it’s great to see somebody who’s as likeable and as charismatic as he is. He’s pushing himself that hard that each week that he’s just getting quicker,” Doohan added.

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