We Shoulda Known Back Then


The chart shows each rider’s results during his first premier class season. When I found this file, the last column didn’t exist. I went back and completed the last column.

Did we mention, in November 2013, that Marc Marquez had just completed the most astonishing rookie season in modern MotoGP history? I thought the numbers I had plugged in for him prior to the start of the season were impressive–3rd in the championship behind Lorenzo and Rossi, a couple of wins, a bunch of podiums.

He blew away every reasonable expectation that year, scoring half again as many points as I or most anyone else expected. 16 podiums in 18 rounds. A single DNF and a silly DQ in Australia. A premier class title that didn’t look all that difficult. When he started 2014 with 10 consecutive wins pretty much everyone realized. Had we paid attention at the end of the 2013 season, we would have known that much sooner. He was a prodigy then. He may become the greatest of all time.

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3 Responses to “We Shoulda Known Back Then”

  1. Vrooom Says:

    Interesting chart Bruce. I don’t like Marquez but I sure admire his riding. It’s interesting to see that 215 points for Pedrosa was good for 5th, and 209 for Rossi was good for 2nd. A lot more folks scoring in Pedrosa’s first year apparently.


  2. Dale Mensch Says:

    Quite interesting. Now that it’s been a few years, I keep forgetting that Rossi also had 5 championships in his first 6 seasons.


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