2016 FIM MotoGP World Champion
Born on 17 February 1993 in Cervera, Spain
MARC OF A CHAMPION
Marc Márquez (Honda) became the youngest five-time World Champion in the history of the FIM Circuit Racing World Championship with his third MotoGP crown in just four seasons at the elite level of the sport. The former 125cc and Moto2 World Champion surpassed the feat of previous record holder Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) by overturning the legendary Italian and defending champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) with a campaign of consistency and control, qualities he added to his naturally aggressive and attacking style to devastating effect.
Lorenzo took the opening win under the lights of Losail, Qatar, but a crash in round two proved to be the first of several non-podium finishes in an uncharacteristically inconsistent season. As Rossi also mixed success with disaster, Marquez followed up back-to-back wins in Argentina and Austin with a run of strong points-finishes throughout a record MotoGP run of eight races with eight different winners; Jack Miller (Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati), Cal Crutchlow (Honda), Maverick Viñales (Suzuki) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) all adding their names to the list of race winners in 2016.
Marquez broke the spell in round fourteen at Aragon and his fifth victory of the season three weeks later at Motegi, combined with another crash apiece for Rossi and Lorenzo, was enough to secure the title with three rounds to spare.
5 World titles
1 in 125 (2010)
1 in Moto2 (2012)
3 in MotoGP (2013, 2014, 2016)