Just two races into his MotoGP career, 20-year-old Marc Marquez has announced his presence as the future of the sport.
While that is a bold proclamation, Marquez's stunning beginning to his career demands huge projections.
The Catalonian became the youngest MotoGP winner in history on Sunday in Texas when he took the top spot in the MotoGP of the Americas.
Ten News' Sandra Sully passed along that info:
Marc Marquez breaks a 31-year-old record and is now the youngest person ever to win a MotoGP race, with an impressive peformance at Texas.— Sandra Sully (@Sandra_Sully) April 21, 2013
Marquez earned this win at the age of 20 years and 63 days. That is 136 days younger than Freddie Spencer was when he set the record for youngest premier-class grand prix winner back in 1982.
Marquez did so in thrilling fashion.
With just nine laps to go in Texas, Marquez had to make a nice pass of his teammate Dani Pedrosa. He wound up holding him off by just over 1.5 seconds.
Defending season champion, Jorge Lorenzo, was third.
Marquez started this race on the pole but got off to a shaky start. However, with fearless and aggressive driving, he atoned to cap off an amazing week.
Bridgestone MotoGP tweeted this tidbit:
And really, as impressive as this is, no one should be all that surprised by what he was able to accomplish.
He entered this season after winning the Moto2 championship last year, and in the season's first race, in Qatar, he finished third.
This win is not just notable because of his age. This is a sport that has been starved for newcomers as of late.
As Crash.net points out, there hasn't been a MotoGP first-time winner since Ben Spies accomplished the feat in 2011.
The accomplishments didn't stop with his victory. He is now tied atop the world championship standings with Lorenzo.
While it is still way too early to start predicting Marquez to dethrone Lorenzo (there are 16 races left this season), I'm not going to count him out.
And even if he doesn't win the championship this year, he will at some point. Marquez will have to learn to take more measured risks to gain the consistency needed to win a championship, but that will come with time.
And time is definitely on this youngster's side.