Marc Marquez has won it again. The Spanish rider has taken the 2019 MotoGP title, mathematically clinching the series at the Thai GP round.
The MotoGP championship is Marquez’s sixth in the premier class, and eighth in total. All his premier class wins have been with the Repsol Honda factory team. He won this year’s title convincingly, as there are still four races left in the schedule. At this point, he’s more than 100 points ahead of second-place Andrea Dovizioso (riding the factory Ducati), and has a whopping 302-point lead over his own Honda teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, who’s no doubt ruing the day he ever left his comfortable berth at Yamaha for supposedly greener pastures. Maybe even ruing the day he was born, with results like that (he finished 18th in the race).
While Lorenzo certainly hasn’t pressured Marquez this year, French rookie Fabio Quartararo certainly has. Quartararo started the race on pole, and while he’s currently only 7th in the standings, with 143 points, it’s hard to imagine he won’t be an even bigger threat to Marquez, in the Spaniard’s 2020 quest for his next title. But for now, Marquez still seem unstoppable, as he proved by bulling his way past Quartararo for the win on Sunday at Buriram.
At the age of 26 years, 231 days, Marquez is now the youngest rider to earn six premier class wins (taking that honour from Giacomo Agostini) and the youngest rider to earn eight MotoGP series titles (taking that honour from Mike Hailwood).