Marc Márquez Alentà (born 17 February 1993) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and former MotoGP world champion. Nicknamed the “Ant of Cervera”, he is one of four riders to have won world championship titles in three different categories, after Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.
Márquez won the 2010 125cc World Championship, the 2012 Moto2 World Championship, and the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP World Championships. Márquez became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the title overall. He defended his title, winning the 2014 championship with three rounds to spare. He is the older brother of 2014 Moto3 world champion Álex Márquez.
Born in Cervera, Catalonia, Spain, Márquez made his championship debut on 13 April 2008 at the 125cc 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix at the age of 15 years and 56 days. He is the youngest Spanish rider to take a pole position or a podium in a motorcycle racing world championship.
He achieved his first podium on 22 June 2008 at the British Grand Prix. For 2009, he was a factory KTM rider, and in the French Grand Prix achieved his first pole position at the age of 16 years and 89 days. His first win was on 6 June 2010 at Mugello. Further victories at Silverstone, Assen and Catalonia in the next three races made Márquez the youngest rider to win four successive races. His fifth win in succession at the Sachsenring was Derbi’s 100th victory in Grand Prix racing, and Márquez became the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 1997 to win five successive races in 125cc racing.
- Youngest rider in history of motorcycling to win a race started from the last position in a world GP : 17 years, 256 days ( Estoril, 31 October 2010 )
- Only Rider in history of motorcycling to advance 32 positions from the start grid to the end of the race ( Valencia, 11 November 2012 )
- Only Rider in history to win a Moto2 GranPrix started from the last position ( 33th ) ( Valencia, 11 November 2012 )
- Most podium finishes in a single season in Moto2 Class: 14
- Most wins in Moto2 Class: 16
- Most wins in a single season in Moto2 Class: 9
- Fastest crash in MotoGP: 209 mph (336 km/h) (2nd practice Mugello 2013)
- Youngest pole position in Premier Class: 20 years, 62 days (COTA USA 2013)
- Youngest winner in Premier Class: 20 years, 63 days (COTA USA 2013)
- Youngest rider to take successive podium positions in the Premier Class: 20 years, 63 days (Qatar, COTA USA 2013)
- Youngest rider to take a fastest lap in the Premier Class: 20 years, 49 days (Qatar 2013)
- 4 successive podium positions in first 4 Premier Class Grands Prix (shared with Max Biaggi)
- Most wins as a teenager in all classes: 26
- Youngest Spanish rider to take a pole position: 16 years, 88 days (France 2009)
- Youngest rider to win 5 successive Grands Prix: (Mugello, Silverstone, Assen, Barcelona, Sachsenring 2010)
- Youngest rider to lead the Premier Class championship: 20 years, 63 days (COTA USA 2013)
- Youngest rider to win at least 1 race in 3 classes of GP Racing
- Youngest rider to get 5 World Championship Titles (23 years and 242 days)
- Youngest rider to get 3 World Championship Titles in Premier Class (23 years and 242 days)
- Youngest rider to get 6 World Championship Titles :24 years, 268 days
- Youngest rider to get 4 World Championship Titles in Premier Class :24 years, 268 days
- First/Only motorcycle rider to lap Silverstone circuit under two minutes-‘1:59.941’-Q2 2017
- Youngest rider in the history of world motorcycling to get 60 wins :24 years, 219 days
- First/Only rider in history to win a World Championship Title in MotoGP Premier Class with 3 times retirements (Championship 2017), one for an engine failure, and two for crashes.
- First/Only rider in history to crash 27 times in one season (Championship 2017) and many more.