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GP Week : Issue 205
MOTOGP >>> nEWs is mArquez better tHAn 'Ago'? Already hailed in only his second season in the premier category as one of the greats of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, Marc Marquez has equalled the record of the great Giacomo Agostini in winning eight races in a row. Marquez’s victory as Assen equalled the winning streak set by the MV Augusta legend in 1971, when he won the 500cc GPs in Austria, West Germany, the Isle of Man, Netherlands, Belgium, east Germany, sweden and Finland. But there is already a school of thought that Marquez may be better than the Italian, who enjoyed a much more dominant position in the sport than does Marquez. In 1971 ‘Ago’, 29, was already a nine-time World champion, and was looking to win his sixth straight 500cc title. With no formal factory opposition, his three-cylinder MV Agusta was technically vastly superior to the thin, mostly privateer opposition, and he had no teammate to race against. Agostini had the pick of whichever tyres he wanted from what was available, whereas Marquez has to race on the same Bridgestone rubber as everyone else, though riders on the Open entries may choose a softer compound. On the other hand, Marquez has a teammate, Dani Pedrosa, with 48 GP wins (25 in MotoGP) on an identical Honda RCV213V, and a number of other riders on similar bikes. In the other garages, Yamaha’s works M1 is considered to be close, if not 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: