“Marc Marquez. New star? Or Harbringer of boredom?”
Phenomenal. Outstanding. Incredible. A new legend. These are just some of the terms to describe Marc Marquez since his MotoGP debut last year. The reigning 2013 World Champion has shocked the world on numerous occasions, and is in the process of rewriting the history books.
Just to put his career in the top class to date into context, last weekend’s race in Catalunya was Marquez’s 25th in the top class, and in that time, he’s won more than half the races he’s entered (13), with 15 pole positions, 16 fastest laps, and in 23 out of his 25 races, he’s finished on the podium. These numbers are just outrageous and unprecedented for a rider in just his second season, who has just so happened to have won ALL 7 of 7 races so far for a perfect 175 points.
But this magnitude of success comes with a problem, and for that, you have to dig deep into an issue with modern Motorsport itself, and that is the relationship with its fans, and the perception of excitement and entertainment.