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GP Week : Issue 187
MOTOGP >>> nEWs It’s official. Just count the points ... and former 125 and Moto2 champion Marc Marquez outranks all his glorious predecessors, many of them candidates for Greatest Rider Of All Time. Figures compiled by GPWeek take the first nine races of legendary riders’ seasons, omitting sundry boycotted events and awarding points under the current system. The 20-year-old MotoGP rookie’s third win in his first year, backed by a full house of rostrum finishes with just one non-finish, moved him even further clear. He has outstripped legends like Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini. All of the above won the championship several times. Ominously perhaps for Marquez the rider closest to his first-season score, Max Biaggi, had to move to World Superbikes before he claimed the crown. The list is necessarily incomplete, because in the earliest years there were only six races. Taking the totals back to that point, only future four-times champion Geoff Duke, a 1950 rookie, was anywhere within range of Marquez. The top dozen reads like a who’s who of racing history. Although the pair coming last prove that starting fast isn’t an essential prelude to greatness. One record remains for the young Spaniard: only one of them took the title at his first attempt: Kenny Roberts. 1 – Marc Marquez 163 2 – Max Biaggi 148 3 – Giacomo Agostini 145 4 – Kenny Roberts 135 5 – Dani Pedrosa 127 6 – Wayne Rainey 125 7 – Jorge Lorenzo 102 8 – Casey stoner 100 9 – Freddie spencer 98 10 – Kevin schwantz 85 11 – Valentino Rossi 76 12 – Mick Doohan 65 MARQUEZ IS TOP ROOKIE OF ALL TIME 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: